posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th May 2006 13:09 UTC, submitted by Pat
Sun Microsystems' new GNU/Linux-friendly Java license does not go far enough for Red Hat. It says Sun should have open-sourced Java instead. Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO, told The Register Sun should open-source its Java Virtual Machine (which is licensed by Red Hat) so developers can improve the software's real-time capabilities. According to Stevens, Sun's Distro License for Java - launched at this week's JavaOne conference - will reduce companies' legal costs, but does not satisfy the desire for open source Java. He criticized Sun for being reactive, rather than leading, on the issue of open source Java. "They try to do the minimal amount they can get away with," he said.