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Upside: Open Source Ruckus

Nov 03, 1999, 06:55 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard L. Brandt)

"We got so many comments from people about the dialog between Bill Joy, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman and Richard Gabriel that it was hard to sort through them all. Most of the comments came from supporters of the Open Source movement, and were anti-Sun. It is interesting to note the vehemence with which these arguments are made."

"Bill Joy correctly pointed out that this is not an either/or choice. Both SCSL and GPL can exist and thrive if they both prove to be viable models. My original argument was that GPL, the open source approach, had more potential to revolutionize the industry. It is not necessarily true that one is right and the other is wrong, although many people seem to hold that opinion. Time will tell whether either or both survive."

"Following is a selection of comments that further the debate. I tried to fairly represent the major views. It starts with a continuation of the debate between Bill Joy and Eric Raymond over whether outsiders are allowed to evolve the Java standard. More than one person wrote in to complain about Joy's claim that it is possible to "fork" the Java code, asserting that to "fork" the code means to start with existing code and then add to it enough to break compatibility, while SCSL will only allow you to do that if you create your own clean room version of the existing code, and do not use Sun's original code. These comments did not arrive in time to be included with the original posting."

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