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LinuxWorld: Go for broke on open source Java

Nov 04, 2000, 17:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"During the first years of Java's phenomenal growth in popularity, I fully endorsed Sun's controlling authority over Java. Sure, Sun did it in part to make money on licensing (as if that's a bad thing), but the bottom line was that Sun had no choice but to assert its control."

"Microsoft was itching to distort Java into a Windows-centric language, thereby undermining Sun's effort to promote Java as platform independent. Regardless of whether you think Sun was successful at making Java platform independent, the only way Sun had a prayer of achieving its goal was to prevent companies such as Microsoft from coopting Java."

"Things have changed, especially in the past year, and Sun is recognizing that it can now operate with less fear of Microsoft's influence over Java. As a result, Sun is now considering releasing Java under the Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL, pronounced "sizzle"). I'm not sure anyone fully understands the ramifications of the SISSL yet, but most people speculate that it will allow Sun to have final say over what constitutes the official version of Java."

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