Java and open-source - to the point
By ColmSmyth on Nov 15, 2004
Newsforge has an exceptionally insightful article on Java and open-source, from which I will just quote the conclusion:
Businesses and developers who fret about whether or not Java is or will become open source are missing the point. The free availability and near ubiquity of Java in the enterprise software market means that the open source software being created with Java is much more interesting than the open source status of Java.
Companies basing their business on Java software must have a well defined strategy about open source. A simple "ignore" or "accept" will not do. Companies as different as Sun and BEA see business value in open source, yet engage open source in very different ways. To succeed today, you must know how to match your business' value with the value of open source.