ZDNet: Sun Reluctant to Make Java Open Source

[ Thanks to Jason
for this link. ]

“Sun Microsystems is reluctant to make Java source code
available through an open-source model because it would encourage
incompatible versions of the software, Sun’s top software executive

“During a press briefing here Tuesday, Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s
executive vice president of software, indicated that the company is
not inclined to take up IBM’s offer to work with Sun to make Java
technology open source because of concerns over compatibility.

“Schwartz and other Sun executives also revealed details on the
company’s product plans, including upcoming Linux and Windows
versions of the Java Enterprise System, more closely linked
security products, and a management console for converting
Microsoft Office macros to the Java Desktop System. Sun confirmed
plans to offer per citizen pricing for its bundles of Java software
to countries in developing nations…”


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