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Java.Sun.com: May the Best Code Win: Reaction to OSCON's Microsoft-Red Hat Debate

Jul 30, 2001, 19:28 (34 Talkback[s])

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Sun's manager of its Open Source Program Office speaks out on Microsoft's "shared source":

"Sun doesn't claim Sun's Community Source Licensing (SCSL) is open source, because we understand that it isn't. Our choices for Java technology were made to protect a technology from some well-known industry predators, and we have stated that we can see a day when it will be sufficiently unprofitable to write incompatible clones of Java technology. When that happens, we will be able to make it fully open source. We will open Java technology when it's possible for us to do so. We've said that before, and we're saying it now.

What we are hearing from Microsoft is rhetoric that amounts to "we've fixed open source," or "we have it so you can play in our space." They don't understand that what they are talking about is not open enough. They don't get it. And they don't get why. It is similar to their claim that they didn't understand why it wasn't OK to do what they did with Java technology.

When you lie down with a snake, you can't cry about getting bitten, because a snake is a snake by its nature. I'm not saying that Microsoft is bad people, I'm saying that the kind of business they have engaged in for so long has made it more of a challenge for them to make the switch, and they are not there yet. And I question whether or not they are ever going to be there."

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