Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jun 2008 20:28 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Java Back in May 2006, Sun announced during the JavaOne conference it would release Java as open source, licensed as GPL software. While it was released as GPL, it still contained about 5 percent proprietary, non-free code - the Java trap, as the FSF calls it. The FSF called to dismantle this trap, and now the IcedTea project has reached an important milestone.
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but was stopped by Microsoft: "It is not fair that one single company has that much power over a standard" (OOXML anyone?). This proves that SUN for long has tried to open and standardize Java.

The reason it took long time for SUN to open up Java, was that SUN had to prove that they owned each of the 6 million lines of code. That took hard work and time. But they did it.

Now, we all see that SUN has radically changed course under their new CEO. The old CEO Scott McNealy was a less sympathic man. He would never had open sourced and given away anything. But the new CEO is a different person. SUN is different now.

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