Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2007 10:08 UTC, submitted by Ford Prefect
Java Sun Microsystems has announced the release of an open-source version of its Java Development Kit for Java Platform Standard Edition. Sun has contributed the software to the OpenJDK Community as free software under the GNU GPLv2. Sun also announced that OpenJDK-based implementations can use the JCK (Java SE 6 Technical Compatibility Kit) to establish compatibility with the Java SE 6 specification. OpenBSD has already started importing the release.
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RE: Open Source is not a verb
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2007 11:02 UTC in reply to "Open Source is not a verb"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Open Source is not a verb:

Sigh. I hate language purists. Maybe someone ought to tell them that the contemporary English vocabulary consists largely of French, Latin, and other non-English words. Less than 25% comes from 'original' old-English.

Edited 2007-05-09 11:03

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frood Member since:
2005-07-06

Couldn't agree more. It's one of my pet hates. The word "Google" is now a verb in the same way.

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John Bayko Member since:
2006-10-20

It's one of my pet hates.

Er, "hate" is a verb, not a noun. "Hatred" is the noun form.

Moral: English changes, like it or not. Also, don't do the thing you're complaining about as you're complaining about it, it just shows that you're wrong to complain about it in the first place.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Couldn't agree more. It's one of my pet hates. The word "Google" is now a verb in the same way.


Ah, so you're into "axe grinding", well, could Americans stop saying, "Xerox'ing", or "Klenex" and many others?

Sorry, when a business/organisation/product becomes the defacto standard for a certain thing, it becomes a verb; You don't 'search' anymore, you Google, Google is now the defacto standard, the Microsoft of the search world.

Talk about mountains out of mole hills.

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memson Member since:
2006-01-01

Thom, I think that you will find that it is not hard to write in English and have no words that do not come from Old English or at least words with Germanic roots*. Your thoughts are true in some ways, but not always. The thing with English is that there are often two words for any bit of it. This then makes folks think that the "Latin/French" words have taken over. Well, as you can see, they have not.

* the bug bear being that old Norse roots often look like Old English ones.

However, there you go, a readable paragraph with minimal Latinate influence.

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

I disagree.

English as we know it right now is a mix of several languages: Old English, scotch, irish, and Germanic roots mainly; but there are a lot of inheritance from another languages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_English_words_of_internationa...

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Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Hey, I did not know that the old English talked in monosyllables, like the Epsilons in Brave New World ;-)

Seriously, that really hints that English is far apart from latin; it is very, very hard to compose a meaningful sentence in Spanish or French using only monosyllables.

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Manyon Member since:
2006-02-04

well maybe open source wasn't a verb... languages are constantly changing and developing through common usage. If your use of the language clearly communicates your message then it has succeeded in its primary function. Considering the international effects of the internet and the popularity of sms messaging i'd say the language purists are going to be in for a bit of a bumpy ride as it seems to me that languages are changing more rapidly now (on a global scale) than ever.

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