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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-03-25 Print this article Print

Sutor said IBM has proven its open-source mettle with its experience with the Eclipse open-source Java-based development platform, its success with Linux, and work the company has done with Apache. In addition, Sutor said an open-source Java implementation would spur innovation and help generate revenue for developers. "This would be a boon for Linux," he said. "If every Linux distribution had a full implementation of Java, it would spur innovation. The money is not in this base-level plumbing, its in what you add on top."
When asked whether IBM would be as willing to create open-source versions of its OS/390 or z/OS, Sutor said: "Were not suggesting Sun open-source its directory software or proprietary stuff. Java is already in the JCP [Java Community Process]. It is already a community process that many people have contributed to. Its a mistake to look at it as though Sun is the sole author, and this is not any of their proprietary products."
Moreover, on the issue of Sun ceding control of Java should an open-source implementation surface, Sutor said: "Theyll have less control, but they speak very highly of Linux," noting that Linux is not controlled by any one vendor but many benefit from it. "This is the logical next step in progressing the platform." Sun could not be reached for comment. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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