26 Apr 2006 robilad   » (Master)


Some time after introducing Glasnost, there is a small substitution at Sun's leadership.

In the best Sun PR tradition of not letting facts get too much in the way of a PR message, the press release credits Sun for "the open sourcing of Java[tm]", something Sun never did.

Au contraire, mes amis: Here is a characteristic quote from McNealy on 'open sourcing Java': "I don't know what problem that would solve apart from IBM's childhood envy". Schwartz has been more diplomatic in explaining Sun's reasoning in the past, with quotes like "Our refusal has nothing to do with Sun being proprietary and everything to do with wanting to keep Java from forking", but has still sayed true to the party line.

Looking at Sun's handling of J2SE and the JCP, and Sun's lack of good fortune, last April's "Schwartz also predicted that companies that pledge support for open-source software but that keep their own products proprietary will eventually be exposed as hypocrites and fall by the wayside" sounds a bit ominous for Sun's future. As much as I hope that Sun does not fall by wayside, I doubt that Schwartz sees the need for a full-fledged open source Perestroika.

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