javalobby.org: Richard Stallman's point of view on: "Java and GPL"Dec 23, 1999, 22:48 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)
"It is strange to argue for ensuring compatibility in Java by keeping implementations non-free. Even if you accept the choice of values (compatibility above freedom) this idea is based on, which I don't, it simply won't do the job."
"It was Microsoft that wanted to make incompatible changes in Java. Microsoft can afford to write its own implementation of any programming language--they do not really need to use Sun's code. So if you choose to run Sun's non-free Java implementation on your own machine, that won't stop Microsoft from doing anything it really wants to do."
"The best way to help the users discourage incompatible changes in Java is to put the users in control. This is what free software does. If you are using free software, no one can impose an incompatibility on you, because you can take it out if you care to."