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InformationWeek: 7 Answers To Key Questions About Java's Move To Open Source

May 22, 2006, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Q. After years of resisting, why is Sun making Java open source now?

"A. Sun made its core software product, the Solaris operating system, open source and thinks that's working. Customers still buy Solaris and sign up for support. That was Schwartz's main goal when he was chief operating officer of Sun, before becoming CEO in April. Open source Java would attract more developers, a win for the larger Java community in its competition with Microsoft and its .Net environment. It also addresses a tension: Each time Sun asserts ownership of Java, some in the Java community, including IBM, get restless..."

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