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Java GPL'd [Nov. 13th, 2006|07:53 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I used to write a lot of Java. Over time I stopped, as it was inconvenient. I couldn't just apt-get it like everything else, and I just felt dirty agreeing to licensing terms before downloading it. And I knew I couldn't redistribute it easily, etc.

Looks like it's time to care about Java again:

http://www.sun.com/2006-1113/feature/story.jsp

I can't believe they went with the GPL and not some CDDL-like stuff. Go Sun. Bravo.
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[User Picture]From: avva
2006-11-13 04:03 pm (UTC)
Too bad they're about 10 years too late with this.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-11-13 04:07 pm (UTC)
Better late than never.

Now there's a bunch of Java code out there which can land in Debian, etc. Java's still a fine language. It's not perfect, but what is? And there's a million CS grads that only know Java. If that means those million CS grads can participate in open source now, all the better.
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From: evan
2006-11-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm more hopeful that something like Scala can take off.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2006-11-13 04:51 pm (UTC)
You silly kids and your new fangled programming languages!
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From: evan
2006-11-13 06:02 pm (UTC)
"anything but C++ or Java"
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[User Picture]From: avva
2006-11-13 07:31 pm (UTC)
You forgot C#, and where do I sign?
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-11-14 04:14 am (UTC)
heh- i love languages that call themselves "functional languages" just because their functions are first-class-

i'm making real stuff with this: http://www.iolanguage.com/
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[User Picture]From: harryh
2006-11-13 11:15 pm (UTC)
prepare them to pick up most languages

In theory: yes.
In practice: no.

At least that has been my personal experience.
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[User Picture]From: jarodrussell
2006-11-13 07:56 pm (UTC)
Scared, because frankly, I hate Java.

I am so glad not to be the only person to hold that opinion.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-11-14 04:10 am (UTC)
think this will matter?
i mean- most of the people i know who don't use java, don't use it for reasons other than the lack of the VM being open source-
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