"Recent debates about open sourcing Java overlook the unique
character of programming languages: the open source code that is
written in a language is often more important than the open source
status of the language itself. In this article we'll move away from
questions about the Java language, and instead look at how
technology companies relate to the large amount of open source
programming being done in Java.
"For a developer, nothing is more important about a computer
than the ability to program it. One could argue that Linux was was
born out of Linus Torvalds' desire to have something with a C
compiler on it in his own home.