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Open Source Java

Unnsse Khan
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Joined: Nov 12, 2001
Posts: 511

Didn't know where to post this particular message...

Some questions:

1. What are others' thoughts regarding Sun's decision to open source Java technology?

2. Does this mean that future certifications are going to become invalid because the specs will be changing constantly?

3. Will this spawn many new flavors of Java (kind of like what happened with linux)? (e.g. SuseJava, WinJava, RedHat Java)

Personally, I think that the decision to open source Java is a great idea for several reasons:

1. I believe it helps promote adoption of Java in the world.

2. Will definitely benefit developers who want it to become faster.

3. Hopefully, this will enable J2ME on OS X

What are everyone's thoughts? The only bad thing I see is how will they be able to test (via certification) professionals if anyone can change it? Perhaps we should start a new area for Open Source Java?

Many, many thanks!
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

My six answers are no, no, no, I guess, ROFL, and huh?

We've had this brought up in JiG(I), MD, and now here. Of the three, I think this is the least appropriate place. I'm going to move this to MD because I can't think of any place better.

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Jeroen T Wenting
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Joined: Apr 21, 2006
Posts: 1847
1) bad decision, which will finally marginalise Java for new development.
2) they'll be effectively useless as they'll have to relate to an ever smaller share of the market.
3) yes, and likely in even greater number of forks than Linux.

Java is already widely adopted, never mind what you read on /.
Java is not slow, never mind what you read on /.
You could have created a JME implementation for Mac OSX already if you wanted to.

Raghav Sam
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
Posts: 412
I agree with Jeroen's views. It is not a good decision. The existing setup is good I feel at least for some more years.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.<br />- Dr. Seuss
Pradeep bhatt
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Joined: Feb 27, 2002
Posts: 8927

Only the implementation has been open sourced and not the specs.

I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Open Source Java
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