Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:17 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Legal Java creator James Gosling: "Just because Sun didn't have patent suits in our genetic code doesn't mean we didn't feel wronged. While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun. We were all really disturbed, even Jonathan: he just decided to put on a happy face and tried to turn lemons into lemonade, which annoyed a lot of folks at Sun." Ouch. Also, doesn't jive with Schwartz' comments - might be illustrative of how bad things really were at the once great Sun.
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Go ahead and patent the language
by jonsmirl on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:46 UTC
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Go ahead and patent the language, just honestly tell people whether the language is a proprietary or open. Google could then make a reasonable choice whether or not to use the language. GPLing Java was a pretty clear statement that Sun meant for it to be an open language.

What I hate is companies deceptively claiming openness, but then when you get down to all of the nitpicky details, the language is actually closed. Kind of like Rambus and their patents.

If Google had known that Oracle was going to behave like this we'd probably all be using Python right now.

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