"Sun Microsystems decided to succumb to peer pressure and open
source Java...sort of.
"In conjunction with its annual JavaOne Conference, Sun said it
is contributing its next generation desktop software, Project
Looking Glass and corresponding Java 3D application program
interface, to the open source community. NASA recently used the
Java 3D API for its command and control system for the Mars Rover
"The network computer maker has been inundated with requests to
publicly post the source code of the popular programming language
under the same or similar General Public License model as Linux.
While the Java code is readily available, noted Java guru and Sun
CTO James Gosling told internetnews.com last week that Sun will not
open up the full Java code at this time. The company debates the
issue every few years but has not come up with a plan that Gosling
said would 'balance everybody's concerns...'"