Home > Java > No decision on open-source Java No decision on open-source Java Submitted by Will Senn 2004-06-04 Java 12 Comments Contrary to published reports, Sun has not made a decision as to whether or not to release its Java platform under an open source software license, company executives said Friday. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 12 Comments 2004-06-04 8:40 pm Sun’s marketing is an absolute desaster! Why don’t they think before talk? Whith actions like this, they are harming themselves… Java is nice, but other companies (any other) would make better marketing! 2004-06-04 8:42 pm This is from back in March…. http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0,1761,a=122604,00.asp 2004-06-04 8:44 pm http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/5004“>This suggests that it would help if news organizations would take the time to consider that these statements are taken out of historical context and presented as a new argument. OSNews should take this advice and update the original article to state this fact. 2004-06-04 8:44 pm These clowns have no idea where they are going! It’s too bad that the people in charge of Sun are complete retards, as the engineers do fantastic work. 2004-06-04 9:20 pm “Sun’s marketing is an absolute desaster!” marketing/advertising costs lots of money, sun lost $3.4 billion last year. its simply roger they cant afford to. 2004-06-04 9:26 pm Ok, so the old news comments are related to the other story these were attached to… This story is very current. 2004-06-04 9:30 pm Laurel & Hardy? 2004-06-04 9:56 pm It would be great to see an Open Source Java implementation, even if it forks into 100 versions, as long as there is some agreement on the abi. This seems to be what MS did with .NET. They made both the compiled IL code and the API standardized, so that any implementation should be able to run a .net application (so long as that app doesn’t use proprietary extensions) that was made on another. Why can’t sun do something similar with Java? Are they affraid of forking standards (does that actually happen)? 2004-06-04 10:25 pm Some middle manager from Sun Australia is announcing that Java is open source? Sounds “non authoritative”. Sounds like he was just talking out of his butt and Sun PR are probably advising him not to talk about projects he has no authority over. 2004-06-05 1:05 am They’ll open it, they won’t open it, who cares? I’m tired of them changing their mind daily. GNU Classpath, Jikes, GIJ/SableVM/Kaffe work just fine, thank you, as Free and open-source Java implemenations. And considering there is work on making a Mozilla plug-in that uses GNU Classpath, I don’t see why Sun finally open sourcing Java would make a lick of difference at this point for anyone but the people who seem to be most adament about it not being opened under the fear of a “fork.” 2004-06-05 2:55 am Maybe it’s a friday night brain fart but why would an open source version of Java really be that much different? I compare it to mono and I can see why that would make a difference – it wasn’t available on “other” platforms before. But java is already available on many platforms – and it’s already good on them too, no? 2004-06-05 5:41 am Why do I see story after story posted on all the good tech sites about how Sun is going to open Java’s code? This is speculation. Why don’t we post news instead of pure speculation that has no basis in reality. If Sun opens the code I am sure *THEY* will put out a press release. Maybe it’s the fact that everybody is code hungry and they think that by posting pure speculative news stories they will sway the heads at Sun to open the code faster.