allow me to highlight the eWeek story by Jason Brook
titled "Should Sun Free Java?" that is summed up by:
Yes, if it wants to boost Java's value and reach.
Don't Fear the Fork
So far, Sun seems unconvinced about the merits of
opening Java, citing fear that an open-source Java
would be vulnerable to forking, or splitting into
multiple incompatible implementations.
Sun is still smarting from its Java battles with
Microsoft, which attempted to subvert Java with
Windows-specific extensions, and Sun's afraid that a
powerful vendor like IBM might likewise splinter Java
for its own purposes.
I think Sun's fears of forking are overblown, and
these fears underestimate how important Java
compatibility is to customers and, by extension, to
other Java vendors.
Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Sun's
software group, points to Linux as an example of
forking in the open-source world, but the Linux kernel
has actually proved fork-resistant. While it's true
that there are many different Linux distributions,
each runs a kernel from the same project.
By moving Java into open source, Sun would broaden the
platform's reach and help cement Java as a development
language for open-source softwareboth of which will
boost the value of Java to Sun and to the rest of the
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