So the other day Sun announced that Java would be released as true open source software under the terms of the GPL(v2). A few years ago, when I was developing a considerable number of my projects in Java, this would have been greatly welcomed news for both myself and other BSD users. After all, for the past several years, getting Java built and operational on our operating system has been much akin to pulling so many teeth, and the results were almost always wholly dependent on how well you crossed your fingers.
So the question now is this: What does it mean for BSD developers? We’ll no doubt soon be seeing JDK binary packages and complete source trees available via ports, but after several years of incredible platform bloat and withering industry attention, do BSD developers even care about Java anymore?
Over the past year, I’ve spent most of my time coding system-level stuff in pure C, and it’s quite obvious that other developers have latched onto other languages like Ruby. Like those ex-lovers who refused to give us back our LPs, is Java dead to us, or is there still hope for a rebirth?