Java ME, SE and EE: Open Source, Open Source and, yes Open Source



We've been climbing this particular mountain for a number of years now (since I was a small child, it seems). Many have been impatient for us to reach the top for a quite some time. Our bosses passed us the flag to plant at JavaOne. We finally took the hint and did a press event as the summit came into view in August. Given that there is so little surprise left in what Sun is announcing today, it still feels momentous and more than a little delicious to get to the top and look out at the view:

Has there ever been a larger single donation of source code into open source before ?

The source for all three of our Java platform implementations: Java ME, Java SE and Java EE are going out under GPLv2. (Yes, the licence the Linux community uses.)

Blink.

That's the view from the top !

In the JDK team, we're open sourcing the javac compiler and Hotspot today, on the new OpenJDK website, with the rest to follow next year. There's plenty of scaffolding holding things up for now. If you're not already busy in the JCP working on the API specifications for Java SE, come join us in as the infrastructure and governance model takes shape for our implementation for Java SE over the next few months.

PS. Yes, Java EE's implementation Glassfish was already open source, so now its doubly so :-)


Comments:

Great awesome. Finally Java is goin OpenSource. Thank you so much for this great contribution to the OpenSource community it will help the Java World become a safer place. Cheers Kian T Gould AOE media GmbH

Posted by Kian Toyouri Gould on November 12, 2006 at 06:49 PM PST #

Amazing. But a lot of people without knowledge of the GPL are spaming everywhere on the web... thats the only negative side effect so far.

Posted by Kazuyashi Sakuraba on November 12, 2006 at 08:31 PM PST #

does the open source mean that we can modify the code, recompile and create our own jar files that would work with our own applications?

Posted by Sean on November 19, 2006 at 01:14 PM PST #

Verry thanks for this really good contribution. I think in future Java will be one of the best web technologys. Greets from germany.

Posted by Sven Fischer on January 26, 2007 at 04:59 AM PST #

It´s a very interesting Blog and simple answer of many questions.I think these blog is really useful for new comers and Excellent resource list. Keep up the good work! Thanks it helps me a lot…

Posted by Schweinfurt on April 12, 2007 at 06:44 AM PDT #

OpenSource ist the best concept. The best example ist TYPO3. A very goog blog, here. I learned a lot of things.

Posted by webdesignerin on April 23, 2007 at 01:32 AM PDT #

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