Watching for Suns Next Move
Opinion: Two of the major proponents of keeping Java under the guardianship of the Java Community ProcessJohn Loiacono and McNealyare out of the picture.Its an annual question as JavaOne approacheswill Sun announce an open-source Java? This year, the question is being asked again, but with added significance, reports eWeek Senior Editor Peter Galli. Scott McNealy is out as CEO; Jonathan Schwartz is in. Schwartz is a software guy and an open-source advocate. He spearheaded the opening of Solaris, albeit under Suns own license and not the more widely distributed GNU GPL (General Public License). All the signs are there for Sun to finally free Java. Two of the major proponents of keeping Java under the guardianship of the Java Community ProcessJohn Loiacono and McNealyare out of the picture.
On April 4, Schwartz told an audience at the Open Source Business Conference, "For us, open source is capitalism and a business opportunity at its very best." In an interview with eWeek editors Feb. 9, Schwartz spoke about Suns early success in opening Solaris and other software: "The expectation was that after all software was free and open source, our revenue would go down. Our revenue didnt go down, but adoption in the pipeline went up," he said.