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Jonathan Schwartz: Java Goes Open Source By The End Of This Year
I do not know why people make such a big deal out of the open sourcing Java
By: Yakov Fain
Oct. 26, 2006 08:30 AM
Yesterday, speaking at Oracle OpenWorld conference Sun Microsystem Sun President/CEO Jonathan Schwartz said that Sun will announce the open-sourcing of the core Java platform in 30 to 60 days. This will be done under an Open Source Initiative license – the same one as it was used for open-sourcing of the Solaris OS.
I do not know why people make such a big deal out of the open sourcing Java. I do not know who started this “Freedom to Java” movement, but Sun decided to respond. Fine. I like IT news and I never hesitate to express my opinion on any of them, but this one is just a boring subject to me. I’ll drag this blog for another couple of paragraphs, but honestly, I do not care.
Sun Microsystems was reaching out to the Java community trying to ask their opinion on the subject. I was invited to participate in the conference calls on how to open source Java, but never accepted the invitation. I do not believe that open sourcing Java is good for the community as now we’ll face new issues such as how to deal with forked version of the language. Is your Java really Java or its Java++? Are you Sun Certified Java programmer? By the way, which Java are you certified in? Or, you are XYZ Certified Java Programmer!
James Gosling kept saying, that Java was always free, the source code was available to anyone, and he was absolutely right. Having the source code of any language or tool available usually serves two goals:
It remains to be seen if open sourcing Java will lead to quicker turnaround in bug fixes. I do not have anything else to say. I’ve read the news, expressed my absence of opinion on the news, and will move one with my morning routine. Another day, another dollar.
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