Weiqi Gao reports that a true open source Java Development Kit, perhaps from IBM, could come out as early as this coming week.
Reports of an an open source JDK have been around for some time. Back in November Eric Raymond wrote "IBM's intention to release a fully open-source JRE and class libraries within the next year or so is about the worst-kept secret in the industry. IBM executives scarcely even bother to deny this any more." >
The post early this week re-prints traffic from the JPackageforum among himself,Nicolas Mailhot, andPete Chown concerning the reports. >
"I won't confirm any timetable (or even $VENDOR's name)," writes Mailhot, then adds, " Since I've already said it's a commercial vendor I'll only confirm the three-letter name part.">
The software, if it comes, would likely be posted first at JPackage.
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