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Java Now Open (Source) for Business

Yesterday, Sun announced that Java would join Solaris as a major product that is now open source. I'm the kind of guy that admits his shortcomings (I've got thin wrists and a thick middle), so I'm not ashamed to say I almost thought Java was already open source (maybe because my open source-junkie son David is such a Java fan).

Java just has this image of openness, one that .NET will probably never have unless it comes with a full General Public License (even David Blaine couldn't hold his breath that long).

Despite my ignorance, this is a big deal. Java will now be even more embraced by the young software anarchists who will become tomorrow's code leaders.

I don't happen to think that Microsoft has to make .NET, Visual Studio and the rest fully open source. But it should think very, very seriously about giving Java the exact same consideration as Visual Basic and Visual C#.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 14, 2006


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