Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Nov 2006 08:46 UTC, submitted by someone
Java The cat is out of the bag: Java will be released under the GPL. Joshua Marinacci writes: "I think it makes a lot of sense because it protects Sun's interest in preventing forks and also the community's interest in knowing that Java will forever be available in the public sphere. The GPL has always provided an option to fork just in case someone takes the code in a bad direction. Historically having this option available ensures that it never needs to actually be used, letting the community grow and thrive."
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It's a pity...
by usr0 on Mon 13th Nov 2006 18:07 UTC
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...that Sun have not done it much earlier. That could have a huge impact on the OSS community and spare discussions and flame wars whether to choose the unfree Java or C/C++ for a certain OSS (free software) project.

But: Better late than never. And I think and hope it is not too late for Sun and Java to bear up against MS and .NET.

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