Another entry in the "bash Sun over Java" battles

I see that one Peter Yared has penned an open letter to Jonathan Schwartz on "open sourcing" the Java JVM.
I think what Peter is getting at is that the license under which you can get the source for the JVM is not the GPL.
I'm so sick and tired of hearing people bash Sun because this company decided that the GPL was not the correct license for Java. Or for OpenSolaris for that matter.
The GPl is not the only Open Source license out there. Even RMS knows that. RMS is also enough of a realist to agree. If only the GPL zealots could pull their heads out and get a clue we could all get on with creating better applications and products instead of wasting time responding to straw man and ideological arguments.


As we were packing up the Sun stand at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo on Tuesday, a person (who I was told was Martin Fink) yelled out "When are you going to GPL Solaris?"
If only I'd been thinking quickly enough to respond: "How about you GPL your CPU first, then let's talk about the OS!"
Comments:

That open letter doesn't even mention the GPL. There are plenty of good open source licenses out there, like the CDDL for example. Not all open source advocates are GPL zealots.

Posted by Wes Felter (IBM Research) on March 30, 2006 at 09:54 PM EST #

Wes, you are quite correct. However, the history of the "why won't Sun opensource Java" comes from the GPL zealot side. That is what I was responding to because that is what I see each time this complaint comes up.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Posted by James McPherson on March 30, 2006 at 10:10 PM EST #

I agree. People should leave Sun alone, really, instead of kicking them for keeping their Java implementation proprietary. If it bothers them, they should contribute their code and energy to Kaffe, Gcj, GNU Classpath and other projects, so that they can escape the proprietary Java implementation lock-in. cheers, dalibor topic

Posted by Dalibor Topic on March 31, 2006 at 08:56 PM EST #

I actually yelled back to Martin "We'll see how v3 looks."

See my writeup today on Linux World.

Posted by Alan Hargreaves on April 03, 2006 at 02:01 AM EST #

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