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: good news.
by sbergman27 on Wed 9th May 2007 19:37 UTC in reply to "good news."
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ah brilliant, can't wait for the wave of updates from the community, Java is gonna kick some serious ass.

Don't be overly optimistic. I thought the same thing when Netscape open sourced their code.

The problem is that you can't dump a huge, complicated code base on the community and expect them to just take off running.

The Mozilla guys wasted a year trying to understand the code base before deciding to start from scratch on a lot of it. It took loooooooooong years to get to Mozilla 1.0, during which time they had actually *regressed* from the usability of the 4.x code base. And MS took advantage of that time to reduce the Netscape market share from 70+% to as close to naught as makes no odds. It's *really* hard to recover from that.

Nowadays, we cheer when we think FF might have reached about 10%-15% market share again.

Don't expect open-sourcing to be a panacea. Especially considering that the Java Community Process or whatever they call it was already *pretty* open, even if the code was not open source.

Edited 2007-05-09 19:41

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RE[2]: good news.
by samad on Wed 9th May 2007 22:22 in reply to "RE: good news."
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I agree with you, but I'm not so pessimistic. I have looked at Java library's source code, and it is extremely clean and well-written.

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