TheServerSide.com’s Floyd Marinescu asks, “What is Sun’s point of view in the debate over whether J2EE licensing restricts open source J2EE products?” Find out about Sun’s reply to this question as excerpted from this TheServerSide.com interview on J2EE with Sun’s Bill Shannon, a Sun Distinguished Engineer and Spec Lead for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition, and Karen Tegan, Director of J2EE Compatibility and Platform Services for Sun Microsystems.
Marinescu: What is Sun’s point of view in the debate over whether J2EE licensing restricts open source J2EE products?
Shannon: Sun participates in open source because it helps spark innovation, improve software quality, and fosters
community. The source code for the J2EE reference implementation is made available publicly as part of the Sun
Community Source Licensing program.
Sun supports open source developers because their efforts are consistent with Sun’s own computing vision which uses open
standards and non-proprietary interfaces. Sun’s goal is to make our software as open as possible while ensuring portability
Tegan: At the same time, having a strong brand and compatibility standards are important to the development of a robust
market for J2EE platform products, tools, and components. The J2EE Compatible brand has achieved significant momentum
over the past two years, and we want to make sure that any open source efforts don’t impact the viability of that
What do you think?