Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

Latest Posts

How to make money by giving stuff away

What do Playstation 3, JBoss, and Java have in common? They look like they should be losing money, but in the end they will do just the opposite. If you think this the 21st century's version of the perpetual motion machine, maybe you should take a fresh look.

November 16, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Green: Sun may release Solaris under GPL next

Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green took the stage again today to announce the release of Java as free and open source under the GPL. What's next for the dynamic duo that has transformed the culture of Sun over the last few months? How does GPL Solaris grab you?

November 13, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Q&A with Tim Bray

As they say, "the devil is in the details", and so it is with Sun's announcement today to open source Java under the GNU Public License. What does it mean for commercial developers? Why was GPL picked instead of another license like CDDL? Will NetBeans be re-licensed? Find out the answers in this exclusive Q&A with Tim Bray, Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems.

November 12, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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As Stallman looks on, Sun frees Java under the GPL

It's official: Sun is releasing its implementations of Java technology as free software under the GNU General Public License. Richard Stallman, creator of the GPL and founder of the Free Software Foundation, will endorse the move by video at a press conference Monday morning. Java SE, ME, and EE will all be available under GPLv2, the same license used by the Linux kernel.

November 12, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Your turn: Ask Sun a question

Would you like to ask the folks at Sun a question on open source and Java, and get an official response? David Berlind and I will be participating in a briefing with Sun sometime in the next few days on that very subject. So if there's anything you'd like to know, even if it's some nitty-gritty obscure technical issue, post it in the comments here or email me. I'll take the best (and most polite ;-) ) ones with me and try my best to get you an answer for a follow-up post. Enjoy!

November 8, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Why Java will be GPL'd

A few months ago I wrote an article called "Why Java won't be GPL'd". Now the blogosphere is abuzz with news from "unnamed industry sources" that Sun is poised to do exactly that. So what's really going on?

November 8, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Happy 5th Birthday, Eclipse

With 10 times the monthly downloads of its closest open source rival, Eclipse has helped revitalize Java on the desktop and spawn a billion dollar ecosystem. Today the popular development platform celebrated its 5th anniversary with birthday parties around the world... (poll included)

November 7, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Google: Balancing the gorilla

In the final part of my conversation with Greg Stein, Greg talks about the difficulties Google faces to help the open source community but not be labeled as arrogant and overbearing.

November 6, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Greg Stein: Three is enough

GPL, MPL, EPL, CDDL, BSD, MIT, Apache... do all the open source license choices have you confused? You're not alone. In this installment, Google Code's Greg Stein offers some guidance on choosing the best license for your project.

November 3, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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