Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Nov 2010 17:14 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X The jokes about two evils joining up are easily made, but I'll try to refrain. Apple recently marked its Java implementation as deprecated. Well, we now know why: Apple and Oracle have announced that Apple will contribute to the OpenJDK project, effectively meaning that Java for Mac OS X will be developed by the OpenJDK community. Why do I have this image in my head?
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MobyTurbo
Member since:
2005-07-08

It looks like to me that Apple was in the right position to go with an open source version, and they picked the one sanctioned by Oracle and IBM as opposed to the one being sued by Oracle. (Harmony, and probably more if Oracle goes beyond suing Google.)

Certainly going with Harmony or another open source JDK besides Oracle/IBM's would be a noble idea, but not a very good business decision considering Oracle's lawyers if one is interested in having a better-maintained (Apple clearly doesn't have the resources or willpower to develop their own JDK) and a stable future for the JDK of OS X. (IBM probably will continue to have a stake in OpenJDK even if Oracle falters.)

Now, we all hate Oracle, I have an HTC phone that's been hacked to run Android on my table, and don't appreciate what they've done to Solaris or OpenOffice.org either, but this decision, from a business perspective, makes a lot of sense, and although it may "backstab Google" public corporations, even one headed by someone as mercurial as Steve Jobs, don't really operate so pettily often.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

"even"?
You're the least bit surprised that he'd do something like this?
He's been doing far worse things for decades.

He's morally bankrupt.

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MobyTurbo Member since:
2005-07-08

The only morality that any CEO of a corporation has, whether it's IBM, Google, Microsoft, or Apple, is to give shareholders value. Where value is defined as maximizing profit, in fact, they can face a shareholder lawsuit if they do otherwise, not to mention losing their job. If you're outraged by this, demand legal reform for shareholder lawsuits and demand longer business cycles (i.e. the quarterly reports that create short-term pressure) for determining share value. Until then you will see a-holes like Elison and Jobs and Ballmer and so on, at the head of corporations; because the job requirement is to be one.

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