Java is the true test of open source innovation

Java is the true test of open source innovation

Summary: We need to see Java capabilities start to accelerate beyond those of rival technologies. We need to see more investment in development. We need to see hiring. The test is here.

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The true test of open source's ability to accelerate change, not just re-create what someone else has done, is Java.

Java will be coming under the GPL next year. The JBOSS Java middleware system is already under the GPL. So all new Java development, including things like the Terracotta JVM clustering project, are behind the open source business model.

This makes the next six months a key period. How well Java does against rivals like .Net, how well Sun itself does financially, and how well companies like RedHat (which owns JBOSS) and Terracotta do will be watched closely.

What we need to see are breakthroughs. We need to see Java capabilities start to accelerate beyond those of rival technologies. We need to see more investment in development. We need to see hiring.

The test is here.

Will open source pass?

 

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  • Very good points.

    Care to add a paragraph about the role of IBM, which has been waiting for a long time for the open-sourcing of Java?
    Anton Philidor
  • I thought TiVO was the test

    That showed how a brand new technology could come to market thanks to open source.

    We've already seen a lot of development in Java both in the implementation of the JVM, Application Servers, and packages. I'd point to the rather useful collection of packages under the Jakarta Commons umbrella to show how open source improved Java long before Java was fully open. (Mind you Java has supported open source licensed JVM's for awhile before this.)
    Robert Crocker
    • If that's the test...

      ... what grade should be given for the company's continued loss of money and low share price?

      Admittedly, Motley Fool likes the company's first mover advantage, and suggests that shares are under-priced.

      Just speculation.
      Investors can see TiVO as a means for piracy, as defined by the content companies, with open source providing confirmation of the opposition to property rights. And, if that's true, then the more successful TiVO becomes, the more it presents a target.

      TiVO is an interesting lesson. But there's some question what it's teaching.
      Anton Philidor
  • Java Not Good Test

    I think it's great that Sun has (finally and much too late) released Java as open source. However, I'm sceptical as to whether it's a "true test". The problem is that you've got a huge mass of existing code which frankly isn't very good. Sun's implementation of Java is buggy and an enormous memory hog. The Open Source community needs to fix a lot of problems before they can really work on "innovation".
    alflanagan
    • actually, it is a good test...

      how much it will be stream-lined, and improved would just be the first marker... after all, if it can be streamlined, and become so much more efficient, then it will become more viable as an alternative wherever those things matter.

      and if it becomes more viable, it becomes a more likely choice. If it can retain it's graphical performance, while improving itself, it'll become something which could draw the other things which will make it successful.
      shryko
  • Not a good test. Eclipse, Linux & Firefox are good tests

    You can?t test for ?open source innovation? using ?open source? projects that are lacking a key, if not the most important, aspect of open source: COMMUNITY. <br /><br />

    I've posted a more detailed response here:<br />
    http://saviorodrigues.wordpress.com/2006/12/06/java-is-not-the-true-test-of-open-source-innovation/ <br /><br />

    Savio<br />
    http://saviorodrigues.wordpress.com/
    Savio.Rodrigues