I am not usually a big advocate of ‘link only’ blogs (particularly between article/blog based sites) but this article piqued my interest enough to want to get as many people as possible to read and understand another perspective on the whole ‘Sun, Java and Open Source’ debate that’s been rolling around for some time now.
The article covers the largely pragmatic (hey, we’re developers, this tends to be how we think!) approach to the discussion offered by Rick Ross, the editor of JavaLobby.
I can understand both perspectives on the issue but I have to be honest as a developer myself that Rick’s arguments really hit a chord with me. Whilst Eric Raymond’s open letter to Sun typified the ethical, social, and basically inherent patchiness of Sun’s approach to Java and open source; Rick’s article really raises the impact of the issue on concerns such as java job security and selling your java based products.
This is an important ongoing debate for the Java community as a whole and should therefore be of interest and closely followed by everyone that relies on Java for their wages, myself definitely included.
Your opinions on this are welcome on the JavaLobby page for the original article and here as well.