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Open Source Java Unlikely

Open Source Java Unlikely

The head of Sun Software, Jonathan Schwartz, told the press on Tuesday that Sun is reluctant to open source Java despite pressure from both IBM and the open source community because it would open the door to creeping incompatibility, a story Sun has used before to maintain its stewardship over the technology.

Although Sun has tolerated incompatibilities in Java when it suited them - and also sued Microsoft over it - it used concern over incompatible implementations to avoid letting ECMA standardize the thing as it promised.

Sun has always had difficulty loosening its grip on Java. Ask any of its Java partners.

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Serge Bureau 03/21/04 01:30:46 PM EST

Bravo Sun,

do not give way to IBM.

You are totally right to protect Java.

I thank you for it, tha majority of Java users ar behind you 100%.