Is Javas Move to GPL Too Late?
Opinion: The good news is that Java has finally been open-sourced. The "we don't know yet" news is whether it's been done in time to keep Java and Sun in the forefront of software development. (Linux-Watch)Well, at long, longrepeat after melong last, Sun has open-sourced Java. At first, Sun rejected the idea, but the company finally has come around to it. And, not only that, Suns doing under the GPL. Frankly, I think Sun finally did this because it had no choice in the matter. My only question, as someone whos followed Java closely at times, isnt "What took them so long?" Its: "Did Sun do it in time?" Sun took its own sweet time about open-sourcing Java, because for the longest time Sun has been of two minds about open-sourcing anything.
Suns golden years were when it made billions from proprietary hardware, SPARC, and proprietary softwarefirst SunOS, and then Solaris.