Java is now Open Source!
By hubertsblog on Nov 13, 2006
Keeping our promise made a few months ago Java is now Open Source !
That’s great news and I think it will help drive adoption in the FSF/GPL world . The choice of the GPLv2 (with the so-called classpath exception to be precise) as opposed to CDDL is also a good one in my opinion as I know that many people were reluctant to use software based on anything else than GPL. At an open source project meeting I attended I also heard people hesitant of using J2EE or J2SE because it wasn’t open source and performance was an issue... Well now people will be able to go and improve the thing wherever they can/want.
My understanding is that the open-sourcing of Java will not change anything with regards to JCP. That’s good because there are many great projects currently going on there, in particular one I’m involved in: JSR279 (more on it in a subsequent post).
For more information, there is a one-stopper you should check (great video and FAQs).