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Smart Partner: Open Source Developers Pressure Sun on Java

Aug 22, 2000, 19:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"A poll circulating among various developer groups is asking for a vote on whether Sun should make Java open source. Kevin Burton, the developer who organized the poll, calls Java "broken." He says that depending on the results of the poll, he may ask the open source community to drop Java in favor of a clean-room implementation such as a Classpath/GNU compiler."

"Java isn't getting ported to non-popular operating systems, isn't getting new features, isn't solid," says Burton, who created the Apache Jetspeed and Alexandria projects and founded www.openprivacy.org. "I'm fine with letting Sun and the Java Community Process work out the language spec and high-level features, but the implementation should be done in an open manner."

"Burton thinks all of Java should be developing the way the Tomcat project is developing under Apache's sponsorship. Sun donated its reference implementation for Java servlets and Java Server Pages to Tomcat after its own Java Web server was dropped by iPlanet (the Sun-Netscape alliance). The goal is to create an open source Java-enabled Web server for the industry. Burton says Sun's Java Community Process controls the Java servlet specification and Tomcat controls the implementation."

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