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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Necessity or Nosebleed: Why Open Source Java?

Aug 18, 2004, 03:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Loftus)

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"The debate surrounding the release of Java to open source is not a new one, but vague arguments from those in favor have left some scratching their heads over why it's being considered.

"Java is the property of Sun Microsystems Inc., and with Sun struggling with its server business, some see its tight grip on Java as staunch defense of a viable business entity. Sun, meanwhile, is fighting off the advances of IBM and open source advocates by clinging to the notion it wants to keep Java implementations compatible. Sun has said it does not want the programming language to fork in different directions the way Unix did in the 1990s and the way some open source projects have today..."

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