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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Open source would not help
by Slava Pestov on Thu 9th Jun 2005 23:07 UTC

I don't think anybody would contribute to Sun's Java implementation anyway. Look at what happened to Netscape 4 when it was open sourced -- the code was so terrible that nobody could comprehend or modify it. Same will happen with Java, so open sourcing Java is a non-issue, I think.