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Java creator James Gosling: ‘Google totally slimed Sun’

In his testimony last week, Schwartz explained his “grit our teeth” strategy after Android had its public debut as an incompatible variant of Sun’s Java. “We saw a handset bypass our brand and licensing restrictions…we decided to grit our teeth and support it so anyone supporting it would see us as part of the value chain,” he said. Apparently, continuing to seek a way to work with Google — to turn lemons into lemonade, as Gosling wrote — was preferable to engaging in a costly lawsuit.

The sad patent dance over Sun’s grave. In retrospective, Sun under Schwartz’s leadership looks like a somehow idealistic company. That made the demise inevitable.

Apache declares war on Oracle over Java

Charging that Oracle has willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology, the Apache Software Foundation has called upon other members of the Java Community Process (JCP) to vote against the next proposed version of the language, should Oracle continue to impose restrictions on open-source Java use.
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The lost war on Java continues. “Lost” because I see nobody as a winner in the end here.

An update on JavaOne

Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally.

Oracle’s efforts to kill Java are fruitful indeed.

Some more comments…

Lightning might strike and they might live up to their 2007 commitment to create an independent Java foundation. I’m not holding my breath, but if enough customers rose up in revolt, it could actually happen. But it would require Oracle customers to do this, since the only thing that Oracle pays attention to is money, and that’s what customers hand over to Oracle.

Java creator replies to comments on recent Oracle lawsuit.

Why software patents are a joke, literally

In my last article, I mentioned that a patent from Gosling was one of seven cited in Oracle’s lawsuit. These patents are among those that Oracle acquired when they bought Sun earlier this year. James isn’t saying where these entries rated on the “goofy patent” scale, if at all. But another former Sun employee, Charles Nutter, has written a more detailed analysis. When considering whether or not the suit has merit, he states:

The collection of patents specified by the suit seems pretty laughable to me.

more on zdnet.com

In other words, Oracle just wanted to exploit these Java patents, regardless of their actual merit.

Oracle v Google: Why?

All that we know about what Oracle wants, realistically, is what they are prepared to surrender. Aside from bearing the hard costs of litigation, Oracle is willing to absorb soft costs in risk to reputation and participation rates in the Java ecosystem. We must expect then that Oracle’s expected return will be commensurate with these costs. Oracle is many things, but stupid generally isn’t one of them.
more on redmonk.com

In-depth analysis of Oracle’s recent legal action against Google.

Has Oracle been a disaster for Sun’s open source?

As far as Oracle is concerned, everything is going swimmingly:

Oracle Corporation today announced fiscal 2010 Q4 GAAP total revenues were up 39% to $9.5 billion, while non-GAAP total revenues were up 40% to $9.6 billion.

In particular, Sun seems to be making plenty of money:

We estimate that the acquired business [Sun] will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle’s non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for the acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined,” said Oracle President Safra Catz.

more on h-online.com

Open source fans may cry over Sun, but Oracle was able to rapidly profit from the acquisition.

Sun’s stars: Where are they now? And why did they leave?

Nutter cites uncertainty about JRuby as reason for leaving: “We were still excited to work on JRuby and we didn’t have a lot of negative indications, but we didn’t have a whole lot of positive indications that the project would continue. It seemed like a good time to move on to someone willing to fund JRuby.

While Sun’s business may benefit from acquisition, working for Oracle doesn’t appeal to Sun star programmers.