Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2005 21:21 UTC
Java IBM has begun participating in open-source Java project Harmony and intends to contribute code to the initiative, according to a Big Blue executive.
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RE[2]: No surprise here
by segedunum on Thu 21st Jul 2005 22:06 UTC in reply to "RE: No surprise here"
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2005-07-06

And... Sun will still contoll Java, which is just fine with me.

Well they'll certainly control their version of Java, but Apache has such mindshare and infrastructure aound Java that if (and when) this J2SE implementation gets up and running it could well turn out to be the reference Java platform. That could certainly be the case if open source projects can use it and redistribute it in the same way that they can with Apache software today.

Sun would certainly have their fears allayed about an open source version of Java fragmenting things. There would be one reference implementation, and it would be Apache's simply because everyone would be using it.

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RE[3]: No surprise here
by binarycrusader on Thu 21st Jul 2005 22:16 in reply to "RE[2]: No surprise here"
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2005-07-06

Well they'll certainly control their version of Java, but Apache has such mindshare and infrastructure aound Java that if (and when) this J2SE implementation gets up and running it could well turn out to be the reference Java platform.

It could *never* turn out to be "the" reference Java platform. Remember that SUN holds control over the Java trademarks and copyrights, and gets to control who can call what "Java". It might become a reference platform for software, but unless SUN approves it will never become a reference platform for Java itself. I for one am very glad this is so.

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RE[4]: No surprise here
by segedunum on Fri 22nd Jul 2005 00:01 in reply to "RE[3]: No surprise here"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

It could *never* turn out to be "the" reference Java platform. Remember that SUN holds control over the Java trademarks and copyrights

So what? The trademarks and copyrights mean zilch. If enough people start using it then it simply *will* be the reference implementation of J***, whether Sun approves or ratifies it or not.

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