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Oracle wins the 2010 Open Source Enemies Prize

Dec 30, 2010, 19:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Perrin)

"The year 2010 has seen a number of enemies of open source software making waves. After thinking about it long and hard — about five minutes or so — I have determined the proper winner of the 2010 Open Source Enemies Prize, though some other contenders deserve a Dishonorable Mention. Winner: Oracle Corporation

"Larry Ellison, one of Oracle Corporation's three founders, helms the software vendor as its CEO. On 27 January 2010, Oracle announced its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, at that time the corporate steward of a number of prominent software projects that had — to one degree or another — been distributed under the auspices of open source licensing. Among these are:

"* Java: Sun Microsystems has been the copyright holder for the core Java software ecosystem since its creation. Over time, the Java Development Kit and its prerequisites have been increasingly released under open source licenses, though even in the last days before Oracle acquired Sun one had to agree to a decidedly non-open end user license agreement to install the Java platform."

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