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.