Open Source Java - Crossing the Rubicon
By Dave on Nov 13, 2006
At this point I should probably employ a pithy turn of phrase or draw a clever analogy between Sun's announcement of open source Java and some interesting historical event. But if you've read this far I'll spare you that pain. There are considerable high-level implications to Sun's actions, but those are well-covered elsewhere so I'll stick to local prognostication. The HotSpot sources are now accessible through an easy-to-view opengrok instance, similar in spirit to that used by Open Solaris. And of course there's svn access or zipballs too. Bloggers will able to annotate their blogs with pointers into the source, providing a much richer narrative and enabling better engagement with the larger community. My personal hope is that the HotSpot JVM will be more appealing to academic and research environments. I look forward to those collaborations.
Alea Iacta Est.