"The open source community won the rights to free implementation
of the Java platform last week, weakening Sun Microsystem's iron
grip on the development platform.
"The software giant has buckled following a campaign headed up
by Apache on behalf of the open source community, which called on
Sun to discontinue licences prohibiting Java compatible open source
implementations, and make compatibility testing more
"Over the past few weeks, members of the Java Community Process
(JCP) have been voting over amendments to the Java Specification
Participation Agreement (JSPA), which is the legal agreement
members sign with Sun when joining the JCP..."