Open Source Java

A day late I know, but I'd still like to personally thank Jonathan and Rich and Simon and everybody else who were involved in removing the final barriers and allowing Java to be finally released under a real open source license.

eWeek also has a good writeup on what happened yesterday.

When I released my small piece of the Java world under an LGPL licence about two ½ years ago, I had to go around and get sign-off from five VP's (including Jonathan), two CTO's and I forget how many lawyers. At the time I was really worried that our upper management still didn't fully understand open source.

I'm not worried any more.

Another thing that really impressed me with the recent Java announcement is the way that the Sun bloggers were treated. We had the opportunity to attend a briefing conference Sunday afternoon (Pacific time), then, when the press embargo was lifted at 9pm that night, Sun bloggers were given the go-ahead to blog about it, even before the official Sun announcement on the Monday morning.

I know I'm biased, and love this company, but sometimes you just have to put your marketing hat on and say "Way to go Sun!"

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