Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sun Just Killed Java

Yup, its official, Sun open-sourced Java by changing its license to GPLv2. The announcement is at http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/java/.

This is a good news for the open-source community. Especially GNU Linux which can now include all Java software with the platform like JBoss, IBM WebSphere, BEA Weblogic because all of them are nor GPL. Hehe.

Bad news is for all commercial firms who's propreity Java applications are now GPL. The GPL requires that any code combined with GPL code must be distributed under the same license. Developers must provide their contributions back to the community. This provision provides a mechanism to ensure that Java continues as a unifying platform for innovation. Most probably this will give rise to .NET technology as all commercial firms move to .NET.

P.S. This does not affect Java applications developed in-house for use in-house ONLY. It mostly effects commercial development of Java.

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