aph at redhat.com
Mon Feb 13 16:45:10 UTC 2012
On 02/13/2012 03:12 PM, John Yeary wrote:
> I spoke with Frans via IM. I don't believe that he is trying to be
> problematic. I don't think he was getting what the project is about. I also
> think he is concerned (based on our chat), that he doesn't want to promote
> OpenJDK in companies, and education if there is a fear of lawsuits. The
> question was not phrased, or framed very well.
> I would like to focus the project on the task at hand, and avoid any flame
> wars. I don't think it is constructive to do so.
> We have a great opportunity to work as a worldwide team of developers to
> make a difference. Please don't forget that.
Fair enough, but I think that any approach to this list that begins
with "If I ship Java with a nonstandard API, will Oracle sue me?" will
not get a good response. It's a question that reminds everyone of
Microsoft's "Embrace, extend and extinguish." It took quite a lot for
Sun to come around to the idea that it was safe to free Java, partly
because the community just wasn't interested in incompatible variants.
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