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Apparently Sun is opening up Java.

Slashdot article... http://developers.slashdot.org/article. ... 13/0724252

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I saw that. Great news!

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Although the ends are great, the means are kinda iffy. I suspect Sun is not opening Java because they want to share their work with the community and foster better development. Rather, they've squeezed all the proprietary applications they can out of it, and don't want to shovel any more cash into development. To quote the slashdot article, they want to "extend the lifespan of Java". Meaning that Java in Sun's view is dead >> no longer useful to them. Fortunately, they thought that it may be useful to someone else.

(excuse me, I tend to be kinda pessimistic toward corporate attitudes and agendas, and Sun Microsystems certainly has left a trail of slime behind it in the past)

It would be nice if more abandonware was opened.

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Yes it would have been nice if they had GPL'd it from the beginning but now that it is open it could be transformed into something I might actually like. :)

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Indeed. I think this world would be a lot better if SW companies cared to GPL their old software. Have a look at teh quake series - that's really cool. I don't even mind they keep it closed at first.
Maybe all code should go GPL after 10 years of existence :)

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Jenda wrote:Maybe all code should go GPL after 10 years of existence :)
Nice idea, but that would mean that our favorite multi-billion dollar $oftware company would have to open all but like 6 lines of their newest proprietary operating system.
:lol:

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And the only reason they don't have to open that last 6 lines is because those lines are already BSD licensed. :) Actually they have a heck of a lot more than 6 lines of BSD code in their OS.

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Rofl :)

I didn't realise that.

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