Archive | November 13, 2006

Sun CEO confirms Java is free

On his blog, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz confirms it's true:

“Few folks, at least outside of Sun, understand how pervasively successful the Java platform, and the community supporting it, have been over the past decade. But Java runs on more devices than Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, Symbian and the Mac combined…”

“And in closing, I want to put one nagging item to rest… By admitting that one of the strongest motivations to select the GPL was the announcement made last week by Novell and Microsoft, suggesting that free and open source software wasn't safe unless a royalty was being paid. As an executive from one of those companies said, “free has to have a price.” … That's nonsense.”

Read the entire post here

Java: free at last

InfoWorld: Top News comments Sun open sources Java under GPL.

“It's no surprise that Sun Microsystems is making its core Java platform freely available; what is somewhat unexpected is the vendor's choice of open-source license.”

Cool. Not just free, but very free. Java is the glue holding together lots of enterprise-level projects, and removing the barrier of uncertain licensing from Java will only help it spread. Bravo, Sun!

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