"A poll circulating among various developer groups is asking
for a vote on whether Sun should make Java open source. Kevin
Burton, the developer who organized the poll, calls Java
"broken." He says that depending on the results of the poll,
he may ask the open source community to drop Java in favor of a
clean-room implementation such as a Classpath/GNU compiler."
"Java isn't getting ported to non-popular operating systems,
isn't getting new features, isn't solid," says Burton, who created
the Apache Jetspeed and Alexandria projects and founded
www.openprivacy.org. "I'm fine with letting Sun and the Java
Community Process work out the language spec and high-level
features, but the implementation should be done in an open
"Burton thinks all of Java should be developing the way the
Tomcat project is developing under Apache's sponsorship. Sun
donated its reference implementation for Java servlets and Java
Server Pages to Tomcat after its own Java Web server was dropped by
iPlanet (the Sun-Netscape alliance). The goal is to create an open
source Java-enabled Web server for the industry. Burton says Sun's
Java Community Process controls the Java servlet specification and
Tomcat controls the implementation."
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