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Michael Silk michaelslists at gmail.com
Thu May 19 20:31:17 PDT 2005


I see. I'll admit that I don't know much about what you are referring
to there ... I've never really given consideration to sun dropping
java; at most I figured (and have vauge memory of some discussion
somewhere) that Sun might sell it to IBM.

-- Michael

On 5/20/05, Luis Villa <luis.villa at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/19/05, Michael Silk <michaelslists at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > * because on principle one shouldn't use any software whose
> > > maintenance is monopolized by anyone
> >
> > i agree. [message written in gmail, on windows xp, using ie].
> >
> > but seriously ...
> >
> > you know anyone is free to implement their own jvm as per java
> > language specs?
> 
> It's far from clear that this would really continue to be the case if
> Sun's back were even further again the wall. IBM would of course still
> be in the clear because they have more lawyers than Sun does, but
> Sun's rhetoric, and the licensing terms around Java (in terms of the
> use of the name, the cost/availability of the compatibility test
> suite, etc.) don't really match up.
> 
> Luis


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