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Linux Journal: Who Else Gains from a GPL'd Java?

Nov 16, 2006, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sun's announcement that it would be releasing Java under the GNU GPL confounded many of its critics (including myself) who had feared that the company was incapable of making such a bold move. Quite rightly, it has garnered praise from across the hacker world. But Sun's relationship with free software has not always been so idyllic.

"For example, Sun gave no support to Dave Miller's port of GNU/Linux to the SPARC platform, no doubt because it saw the young upstart as a rival to Solaris. In a way, this antagonism is ironic, because the spirit at Sun in the days of SunOS was remarkably close to that of the free software world..."

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