I’ve previously called for Sun to Open Source at least the unprofitable parts of Java in this blog. Sun announced some kind of intention to do something last week, and they have been moving in this area for a time, for example with the various projects at javadesktop.org. Tim Bray wonders why there has been some hostile reaction. I wouldn’t call Richard Stallman’s The Curious Incident of Sun in the Night-Time hostile, but I did have much the same feeling that the Linux announcement (though really great, three cheers for all concerned and Sun!) was not the thing we want to pop our corks for.
It is not surprising we are economical with our enthusiasm. Simon complains that Sun are “not pretending it was open source Java yet”, but Tim Bray calls it an “OSS license”. I suppose in the sense of a license to make Java easier to run with OSS operating systems, not in the sense of an license that makes Java itself OSS. A little confusing.