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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RE: My fear
by santana on Mon 13th Nov 2006 20:31 UTC in reply to "My fear"
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Yep, JCP and Sun will have the last word. For now. And that is a good thing. You really don't want every programmer under the sun to put what he/she likes in Java. However, that JCP and Sun governance will have to morph into something more practical down the road (if too many people are unhappy with the way Sun/JCP lead things, they will fork).

On why Apache wasn't choosen; first of all, it doesn't play well with GPL (read, Linux). Second, you don't have to give code back.

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