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Re: [Article] Sun Fires Back over Open Source Java Accusations

From: Jens Lehmann
Subject: Re: [Article] Sun Fires Back over Open Source Java Accusations
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:29:41 +0100
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Tom Tromey wrote:
"Patrik" == Patrik Reali <address@hidden> writes:

Patrik> OSNews has some discussion on Sun's answer to ESR request to make Java
Patrik> open source.
Patrik> <>

IMO, while it would be helpful if Sun opened their source, we don't
really need it.

What we do need is 3 things:

1. Access to the TCK on acceptable terms,

A Sun member recently said to me: "We can't make the tests free because they are labor intensive but we *DID* endow a number of grants top cover the costs of such tests for important open source projects. If someone has a good open source VM implementation and all they were missing was the funding to get it tested so it could be called Java, then they should approach Sun with it and I would be willing to bet a weeks salary something could be worked out."

This means that, if any of the free VMs believes it is 1.x compatible, it would be worth a try to contact Sun and ask politely what they can do. Having a certified Java implementation would be a huge step forward.


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