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ESR: Let Java Go, Round 2

Feb 19, 2004, 20:00 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

"Sun Microsystems might have responded to my open letter of 12 Feb (Let Java Go) by at least sketching a rational business case for Sun's rather inconsistent stance towards the open-source community; that might have led to an interesting discussion. Instead, Sun seems to have elected to try to shoot the messenger. This is unfortunate and not what I expected. Nor is it likely to win Sun friends or influence people--after all, I was only writing what many people in the open-source community (including many of Sun's own employees) are thinking.

"The response comes from Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Technology Evangelist. Note that I have to go by published reports of his response, as Sun did not extend the courtesy of sending me a full copy and I have not yet seen one. It is possible that Mr. Phipps's full remarks are more sensible; I certainly hope they are, as the excerpts suggest an astonishing lack of professionalism on someone's part..."

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