It's no longer a question of whether Google's actions weaken Sun. They seem to me to weaken Java. At the end of the day the code means more than its creator.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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Phelps' book is essentially a defense brief of Microsoft's actions over the last six years.
Is Google really good at being part of an open source community?
When business grows by orders of magnitude, will open source retain that share?
Most of the gains announced today could still be taken away, and advocates of open source need to keep their eyes open and fingers ready to protest any detour off the open source road.
What has happened in this last decade is that we allowed private monopolists to become the government. Government should go back to performing its legitimate role, setting the rules of the road, assuring that competition is a continuous process, and adjudicating disputes.
What will work? Owning it. Sharing the pain, expanding your corporate network, innovating, and keeping a wary eye on expenses. What business schools might call blocking and tackling. What your rabbi would call being a mensch.
It's true that, when Rich Internet Application technologies like AJAX first emerged, the tools for creating such files left something to be desired. What seems to have happened since is that many companies have created their own tools, and now want to gain some benefit from that.
Pentaho has been accused of nothing, that I am making no accusations against them. I'm just asking whether there is such a thing as appearances. This Satyam scandal has been brewing for months, and Pentaho signs on the line which is dotted just as it explodes?
Instead of being an end in itself, which a laptop becomes, a Netbook is a means to the end, the end in this case being the Internet. Its competition, for better or worse, is the iPhone, and it competes based on an interface that can accommodate 10 fingers and a PC screen's aspect ratio.