How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy
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Java was a great programming language. While it lasted. Years ago, MSquish took Java and made their own version, violating all sorts of patents. Sun sued.

Now though, Sun is getting all kissyfaced with MSquish, and as a result, Sun will "sign a license that will allow its software to better communicate with Windows-based desktop computers." Read- MSquish can now bone Java users over and destroy the cross-system compatability that makes Java worthwhile.

And this allows MSquish to continue making the web an IE only playground. It allows MSquish to continue inventing standards and using patent and copyright law to prevent anyone else from matching those standards.

As you can imagine, I'm fairly peeved by this. Especially in light of some of the _good_ stuff MSquish has done- like open the .NET spec to other implementations. That was cool. This is not.

To me, this is a signal that we stop using Sun JVMs (I don't anyway- I use the IBM one for programming, and Blackdown for the web), and maybe start looking at the licensing and seeing how possible a non-Sun fork of the Java language is.
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