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?

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