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If IBM owns Java ... The future of open source Java development under IBM

Apr 05, 2009, 02:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"It didn't take long, after that, for IBM to convert to open source. While the company has never released its own Linux distribution, in 2008, 8.3% of all changes in the latest Linux kernel came from IBM developers. Only Red Hat and Novell, with 11.2% and 8.9%, had invested more work in Linux.

"IBM also has invested in quite a few open source Java projects. It is a major player in the Apache Web server space. Among its other Apache projects is Derby, a lightweight, Java-based RDBMS. The popular Eclipse IDE also started as an IBM project.

"So what will all this mean when IBM and Sun get together? Opinions vary. Miko Matsumura, Sun's former chief Java evangelist and now a VP and deputy CTO of Software AG believes that the merge means the end of the NetBeans IDE. Furthermore, he believes the Java Community Process, weakened by recent controversies over OSGi and Java modularity, will die."

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