Linked by Andy Roberts on Thu 9th Jun 2005 20:58 UTC
Java The recent announcement from Apache regarding their plans to embark on their own J2SE implementation called Harmony has re-ignited the long-running Java/OSS debate. James "Father of Java" Gosling reacted in an unexpected way by giving a misleading view of what open source is really all about. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, it's time for an article that is not championing the cause for the relicensing of Sun's implementation under more permissive, open source terms, but simply a look at what could (and could not) happen under the open source model.
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RE: Gosling DID say something misleading...
by Tyr on Thu 9th Jun 2005 22:38 UTC

they believe that the ability to fork is an absolutely critical right.

Well this is sort of true though. After all the redistribution of code with your own patches in it (differentiating it from the main product) is the core of what open source is all about. You could consider this forking.

Surely one could see Mac OS X and Mac OS Tiger, or Win95/98/ME/NT/XP Pro/XP Home as forks - but are you going to complain about them, too?

Those are branches, not forks. Different versions of the same software blessed by their developers.

Thirdly, whilst we GNU supporters are often accused of being freaks, fundamentalists, etc., increasingly I'm seeing insulting and inaccurate posts on FS and OSS forums like this one, from supporters of more-or-less *proprietary* software, and less from OSS developers and supporters.

I think your opinion on BSD is pretty inaccurate, but I won't start a flamewar ;-)