Sun to Opensource Java and GPL it

This will be announced tomorrow morning. Simon Phipps, Sun’s Java guy, just IM’ed me the news.

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., — November 13, 2006 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, Monday will announce it is releasing its implementations of Java technology as free software under the GNU General Public License version two (GPLv2). Available today, are the first pieces of source code for Sun’s implementation of Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) and a buildable implementation of Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). Details are available at: at http://www.sun.com/opensource/java (on Monday morning). In addition, Sun is adding the GPLv2 license to Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has been available for over a year under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) through Project GlassFish(TM) at http://glassfish.dev.java.net.

I wonder how Microsoft will respond.

UPDATE: Tim Bray has a lot more on this on his blog.

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Comments

  1. Why, with the same enthusiasm they have been since their deal in 2004, which unleashed an unending stream of Microsoft products that have made interop between Windows and the Java/Sun world a snap.

  2. Why, with the same enthusiasm they have been since their deal in 2004, which unleashed an unending stream of Microsoft products that have made interop between Windows and the Java/Sun world a snap.

  3. “I wonder how Microsoft will respond.”

    Maybe they’ll license .NET patents to some Linux distributor and… oh, wait :)

    With the implied threat of software patent lawsuits over Mono, its obvious what technology is going to become dominant in Linux land. Novell should have waited a few more days; in very short order you’re going to see most desktop distros bundling Java (it will be nice to get the Firefox Java plugin preinstalled in Ubuntu :)

    And unless MS is willing to add to the copyright commons that is the GPL (about as likely as Dracula munching on garlic and washing it down with holy water ;) they’re going to avoid Java like the plague.

    Expect a news release about how much better .NET is and reiterating how great the SUSE deal was as a result.

  4. “I wonder how Microsoft will respond.”

    Maybe they’ll license .NET patents to some Linux distributor and… oh, wait :)

    With the implied threat of software patent lawsuits over Mono, its obvious what technology is going to become dominant in Linux land. Novell should have waited a few more days; in very short order you’re going to see most desktop distros bundling Java (it will be nice to get the Firefox Java plugin preinstalled in Ubuntu :)

    And unless MS is willing to add to the copyright commons that is the GPL (about as likely as Dracula munching on garlic and washing it down with holy water ;) they’re going to avoid Java like the plague.

    Expect a news release about how much better .NET is and reiterating how great the SUSE deal was as a result.

  5. […] Scoble wonders whether Microsoft will respond to this. I think this will affect IBM and even Sun Microsystems itself in terms of their approaches and attitudes towards the Java and open source communities. This can also impact the Java Community Process (JCP), which has been bypassed by a lot of open source projects. The problem with the Java community has been mostly with getting all the interested parties on the same ground. Open sourcing Java will definitely take this to a better position. Schedule your calendar for a live webcast by Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green for more updates. […]

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