Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:28 UTC, submitted by fran
Java "Charging that Oracle has willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology, the Apache Software Foundation has called upon other members of the Java Community Process (JCP) to vote against the next proposed version of the language, should Oracle continue to impose restrictions on open-source Java use. The nonprofit organization has also indicated that it could end its involvement in the JCP if the licensing restrictions stay in place."
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Oracle could have taken a tremendous leadership role in the free software community. With their backing we could have seen a flowering of Java and It's sad that they have chosen the path of not working with the free software community at large. I had such high hopes when they bought Sun. I was hoping Solaris would become revitalized and could finally be able to catch up and exceed Microsoft Office. I really hope Oracle changes their tune, they could be such a powerful force for good in open source.

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werterr Member since:

I agree it's sad news...

Considering previous products that Oracle got there hands on it does not look good for Java ;)

Guess Oracle will want to close it down, create there own 'enterprise' edition make sure that OpenJDK get's everything about 1 year later then there 'enterprise' edition. Limit amount of resources free-java can sure on your system, or maybe put tons of advertising in awt/swing ?

All that you are pushed further into buying there enterprise edition.

On similar note, anybody else found OpenJDK to be pretty crash/segfault happy ?

Well maybe this is for the better. Maybe now people will start looking at other languages now besides Java and C#.

Finally given them the credits they deserve in the 'enterprisy' world.

Guess it's a bit like Linux... it runs in almost any home now... your wireless router, your hd-tv, even the big coffee machine at work runs embedded linux. And nobody knows or cares about it..

Likewise I've been working on some high ends switches lately which run there entire management tools on a embedded Linux system with Python, such that you can now completely tune and develop for your switches.

Maybe life programming 'enterprise' applications will become a lot more fun because of Oracle ;)

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siki_miki Member since:

They are asking for another fork. Java is too important to be manipulated by Oracle, and it _is_ released as GPL - the genie is out of the bottle.

Seeing how Sun went down while they didn't earn much money on Java, and since they (Oracle/Larry) couldn't care less about openess (even if proprietization means a slow death of the Java as a no.1 platform independent environment), it doesn't surprise that they are more interested in raising cash short term while Java is still popular everywhere, and used in a _lot_ of enterprise which will be able to cough up required money.

Yes, Sun/Oracle developer manpower will be missed in that case, and the GPL version probably has a few missing bits, but a few tech giants will without doubt stand behind the forked version and supply funds and manpower. GPL is one-way decision and Sun did that for a reason (to save Java if they get acquired).

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