IBM and Sun for Open-Source java?

Tom didn’t agree with what I wrote earlier. He might be right about forking, that’s a serious risk. And with java currently under (FUD) attack from the Dark Side, any move must be well planned.

To limit the risks, Open-Sourcing java would require very strong test suites – as usual, software cannot be better than its tests. But Sun certainly has such test suites, and opening them would only help improve them. So it’s not as risky as starting from scratch.

Today’s news go in this direction: Rod Smith of IBM has reportedly written to Sun to offer a collaboration on Open-Source java, sharing the load in an open way. He explicitely mentions Sun’s test suites as part of the idea.

I think this is great news. Backed by two companies that most people trust (at least at the technical level), and with strong and open testing, an Open-Source java will certainly succeed and improve Java’s acceptance. But time is running fast and other platforms are not standing still.

(by the way, I’m thankful to Tom for still respecting me after waiting soooo long for that Swiss wine. The post-it is still here right under my eyes, with lots of this on it ;-)

Update: there’s more details and lots of good ideas at linuxtoday.

Update #2: there’s more at Berin Loritsch’s Weblog and at BileBlog. But I’m not linking to this last one, its tone doesn’t deserve it (you’ll find the link at Berin’s anyway, let’s not push its Google ranking ;-)

3 Responses to IBM and Sun for Open-Source java?

  1. Tom Klaasen says:

    (1) Let’s just agree to disagree. The Java OSS debate is in full force, and arguments seem to get fluffier and less founded. I think we’ll both have to lay our head down to Sun’s decision, since they have the last word in this. And I’m having a pounding headache at the moment.
    (2) How’s that quote from The Godfather again? Something like “We’ll grant you a favor. But some day, we’ll ask you back a favor. We don’t know what this will be, or when this will be. Maybe next week, maybe ten years from now. But you will have to grant us that favor, no matter what.”

    ;-)

  2. Tom Klaasen says:

    Googling on the favor thing gave nice results. See http://www.askmen.com/money/mafioso/mafioso14.html for an example. Haven’t you start sweating yet? ;-)

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