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Open languages are not required

Dec 31, 2010, 09:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Stein)

"Given these licensing terms, the language is arguably not open, and can only be provided by Oracle or its licensees who choose to pay Oracle for the right to develop and offer alternative solutions. If Oracle does not adjust the licensing of some key Compatibility Kits, then the open principles of the JCP will be demonstrably unfulfilled. The conclusion will be that Java is not open and defined by a community, but according to Oracle's wishes, needs, and concerns.

"The outcome and resolution of this fracturing and opposing point of view is still unknown. The Apache Software Foundation is pushing this issue into a public discussion, and the next few weeks will shine light on the issue.

"But for the sake of argument, let us say that people declare Java closed and proprietary to Oracle. Is this a problem for Java developers and users?

"No."

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