"What has happened in the year since Sun Microsystems released
the source code for Java? While end users might be starting to
wonder, those most involved in the building of the free Java
community describe a thriving community that, after one year, is
still working hard to reinvent itself. Free Java projects that
existed prior to Sun's announcement on November 13, 2006, are
either integrating into the OpenJDK community or continuing to
provide alternatives--but with greater resources in code.
Meanwhile, within Sun, Java engineers are overhauling their
processes as they learn to interact with a larger community.
Problems exist--specifically, the governance of OpenJDK and the
need to replace encumbranced code--but, although criticisms can be
found online if you search, the mood of those involved in Java
development seems optimistic..."