Sun opens Java

Today, Sun Microsystems, Inc. has released key Java implementations under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It wouldn’t be true to say I was always confident, that this was going to happen eventually. But now it did happen indeed. It’s the right move by Sun. Beside many other points, it makes sure that the .NET platform will always have viable competition.

Someone might ask: why does it make such a big difference to have most of Java under the GPL? To find the answer, you have to understand what the GPL is, what it gives you, and what you can do with it. What its intent is. What Richard Stallman wanted.

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