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Java Trap, 2010 Edition

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]

“When you build software in Java and the JVM, you are
being locked into only running it on a platform controlled by a
single company — Oracle. Oracle is working to maintain this
platform control by refusing to remove the field of use clauses in
the TCK, effectively preventing Apache Harmony from ever being able
to ship a real release. The lawsuit against Google also confirms
the fear of Oracle using their control of the platform
aggressively.

“The problem is not so much about Oracle controlling their code.
As I said above, I believe in the rights of a company to do as
these choose — but at the same time, if they choose to be bad
stewards of this, I will choose not to use their platform. Most
importantly in the Java world, is that stranglehold being placed
upon 3rd party implementations. Oracle could close source the
OpenJDK for all I care, but what offends me most is their desire to
squash alternatives implementations.”


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