|By Jeremy Geelan||
|May 30, 2006 11:15 AM EDT||
"Compatibility is what brought a record number of people to JavaOne this year," Schwartz blogged, warming to his theme. "It's what's behind nearly 3 billion+ Java enabled devices," he continued.
"And for those that missed the subtlety," he added - a tad snarkily? - "that compatibility is what creates the market Sun, and others, can monetize with network innovations, from software to hardware and services."
This particular blog, Schwartz's post-JavaOne effusion, was replete with curiosities, for those attuned to the smoke signals that Sun's "Prime Blogger" likes to release via this formidable back channel.
Written only 8 days after a pre-JavaOne blog in which he revealed that he is now Sun's official "Chief Java Evangelist," a title he claims to share with Scott McNealy, now Sun's Chairman, Schwartz's blog revealed not only what the tagline of JavaOne is going to be next year (don't forget, you read it here first, 12 months early: 'The World's Largest Free Software Conference'), but also the fact that Sun is very likely going to confound all its critics in the open source community by open sourcing Java not under a CDDL license let alone a new license of its own concoction but under the GPL.
If this turns out to hold true, and this extensive JavaOne SYS-CON.TV interview with Sun's Chief Open Source Officer, Simon Phipps, certainly leads me personally to the conclusion that it will, then Schwartz may yet be able to bake and serve the World's Largest Humble Pie and send it in complimentary helpings to literally hundreds and thousands of back-seat drivers who have over the years poured skepticism and worse on Sun's head over this one, all-important issue.
|Linux Hosting 07/01/06 02:52:14 AM EDT|
It is great step. Open Java sources will result in active developments there and leverage Java's performance and popularity even more.
|Dave 05/30/06 10:46:23 PM EDT|
Make sure Java is compatible on all platforms, then do whatever to make everyone else happy. It would be great to have java open sourced to remove all the complaints heaped on Sun and the Java community and to get it pre-installed on all open-source platforms but this must not affect the WORA guarantee that is Java. If this happens it will another great day in the history of Java and the Java community.
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