Open sourcing Java: good or bad?

Sun announced it will start open sourcing Java by the end of this year, according to eweek. Sun plans to open-source firts the Java C (Java Compiler) and the HotSpot virtual machine, with the bulk of the rest of the code likely to follow in early 2007, including JavaME. Sun hasn’t decided which licence to choose yet, maybe GNU GPL (General PublicLicense) or CDDL (Common Development and Distribution License). What are the benefits of open sourcing Java? What do you think about the compatibility, if we have a lot of distributions of the technology? Nowadays we have this kind of thing with Linux distros, some are incompatible with the others. What’s your opinion about that?

2 Replies to “Open sourcing Java: good or bad?”

  1. No problem about the possible arise of several Java implementations, because all will have to follow Sun Specification’s to be considered a real Java implementation.
    Linux on the other hand has no such Standard, I know there’s POSIX but AFAIK it’s not the same, And a OS distro is a bit different from a programming platform like Java is, don’t know if we can compare something like POSIX to Sun’s Java Spec.
    And the fact that the new licence will be OSI certified will be great!

  2. No problem about the possible arise of several Java implementations, because all will have to follow Sun Specification’s to be considered a real Java implementation.

    Linux on the other hand has no such Standard, I know there’s POSIX but AFAIK it’s not the same, And a OS distro is a bit different from a programming platform like Java is, don’t know if we can compare something like POSIX to Sun’s Java Spec.

    And the fact that the new licence will be OSI certified will be great!

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