eWeek: Sun to open source Java under the GPL

eWeek: Sun to open source Java under the GPL

Summary: According to a comment on my last post, eWeek has posted a story saying that Sun will open source Java using version 2 of the GNU General Public License (the GPL). However, clicking on the link leads you to eWeek's home page which means one of two things: either the long URL was fabricated by the person who left the comment, or eWeek has unpublished the story (removed it from its Web site).

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According to a comment on my last post, eWeek has posted a story saying that Sun will open source Java using version 2 of the GNU General Public License (the GPL). However, clicking on the link leads you to eWeek's home page which means one of two things: either the long URL was fabricated by the person who left the comment, or eWeek has unpublished the story (removed it from its Web site).  It didn't take long for me to determine that it appears to be the latter of the two. By entering "Java" into eWeek's search box and sorting the results based on date (this is the resulting search string/URL), the first story listed is by Steven Vaughan-Nichols and it's about Sun "GPLing" Java on November 13th (tomorrow). Unfortunately, it too simply goes to eWeek's home page. So, the story appears to have been taken down. Here's a partial screen shot:

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  • It doesn't make a lot of sense to me ...

    ... for SUn to release Java under GPL 2 when they have their own CDDM license, which protects Sun better than the GPL would. It will e interestign to see what comes of this report -- if it is true or not.
    M Wagner
    • Of course it does...

      Java faces increased competition on both Windows and Linux thanks to the Microsoft .Net / Novell Mono pact.

      This will remove remaining aprehension for Linux distributors. Smart move on Sun's part. Not so good for MS/Novell.
      Tim Patterson
  • Right

    BlogLines picked up that RSS feed late last nite--I noticed the 11/13 date and thought maybe it was accidentally published too soon.

    It's already 11/13 in New Zealand and a quick google turned up [url=http://reseller.co.nz/reseller.nsf/news/24A69264EBCC180FCC257224006E4E9F]this[/url]

    But no links back to SUN.

    Interesting!
    D T Schmitz
    • Another link

      There's also:
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20061111/tc_zd/193826

      I guess some people don't know what "embargoed" means. If you check my blog after midnight (ET) you should see something interesting there.
      Ed Burnette
  • Google cached it...

    Well darn, the story was there this morning in my RSS feed right next to your blog. A quick google on "sun to gpl java" gives a link to the cached story.

    http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:XoUO6jM9ZcYJ:www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2055994,00.asp
    30otsix