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No more Java 7

Mar 27, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Antonio Gallardo for this link. ]

"The key point is that Sun's tactics here were quite deliberate. They knew exactly what they were doing by offering a testing kit with a restrictive license. They wanted to ensure that Apache Harmony couldn't be certified as complete. Sun was going out of its way to ensure that there was no competition to its own JDK.

"In the meantime, Sun played the OpenJDK card. It announced the release of the JDK under the GPL license. Lots in the community (notably those from a GPL background) suddenly became best friends with Sun. Some joined Sun, some now work closely with Sun. Many of these people now believe that there is no danger around Java, and that Richard Stallman's Java trap is over. I think this shows a gross lack of perspective - the code may now be GPL open source, but the specification is now no longer open. Which is more important? If you can't freely implement a specification*, then I'd argue its not worth the paper its written on"

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