Sun's Criticism of GPL
By Roman Strobl on IV 07, 2005
I've read recently several articles how Sun criticizes GPL, like this one:
I'm not very happy to see comments like:
The GPL purports to have freedom at its core, but it imposes on its users "a rather predatory obligation to disgorge all their IP back to the wealthiest nation in the world".
Sigh. I'm tired of reading in the news how Sun fights Linux, GPL or even opensource. The comment about predatory obligation may be right and I know a lot of what journalists write are just misinterpretations, but that doesn't matter. Developers reading such articles believe them and at the end they consider Sun becoming "evil". No matter if we are great supporters of opensource and #1 donator of code.
My message is: I think the image of Sun would be just better if we would stop criticizing so badly things developers love. Let's instead shout out we have a better option to their operating system, license, IDE, etc. And name reasons why it is better while not criticizing their beloved toys. Why bash GPL? Why don't we say just we have CDDL which is better because there's no viral aspect, it's better for companies because you can mix proprietary and open source code and so forth. Take a look at it and choose better option for you. Live and let live.