Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 22:58 UTC, submitted by Alex Forster
Legal We're far from done with the Oracle v. Google lawsuit. The search giant has responded to the lawsuit, and Miguel De Icaza has provided a very interesting insight into the case. His report has been confirmed by James Gosling, known as the father of Java who left Sun right after the merger. Icaza speculates that the potential to monetise on Java by suing Google was pitched by Jonathan Schwartz during Sun's sales talks with Oracle. Oh boy.
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This is totally different from the Mono situation. If Google had made something Mono-like, i.e. binary compatible with the official Java runtime, there would be no problem. On the other hand, the Davlik VM purposefully breaks compatibility with the official Java runtime. It can easily be argued that Google is employing lock-in tactics here, which is a Bad Thing (whether or not that is actually Google's primary motivation). So Oracle actually has grounds to be pissed.

Mono on the other hand is generally a good little boy when it comes to sticking to .NET compatibility, so MS suing would seem like a much less reasonable thing to do.

Edited 2010-08-14 19:35 UTC

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