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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by Jeffrey Rollin on Thu 9th Jun 2005 23:29 UTC

>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 ;-)


Sorry, I didn't mean that BSD's are more-or-less proprietary. In fact I think they're more-or-less free. I was referring to comments by fans of lock-up-your-daughter-style closed source software (though fans of BSD-style licenses also obviously aren't often fans of GNU!).