How will the Oracle suit affect Java's future? Plus my OSCON trip
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As everyone knows by now, last Thursday, Oracle filed suit against Google for patent infringement (as if they didn't have enough to worry about with backlash from their proposal with Verizon!). Specifically, the suit claims that Android's Dalvik VM was created not from GPL'd Java code, as Google has stated.
Aside from the legal wrangling, on which I am unable to comment with any authority, there's a larger question: Will the suit, legitimate or not, alienate Java developers in the short term (I mean, who wants to use a technology when the threat of an IP lawsuit lurks in the background)? And what of those companies (my own included) considering Java or already using it now?
Add to that the scaled-down JavaOne conference, which has been relegated to a hotel rather than its traditional home at Moscone (should we be happy they're putting it on at all?), so I just have to wonder if these actions are an intentional marginalization of the community Oracle acquired with the technology.
Here are some news items on the suit, sure to make you shake your head (and be happy you didn't follow mom's advice to go into IP law):
Of course, more interesting than the stories themselves are the comments from readers, some of which are really entertaining!
Several weeks back I attended OSCON here in Portland, OR where I now reside (yeah, the beer is all that!). The show took a detour to San Jose last year, but was back in good form with several thousand attendees and some excellent presentations. I could fit in only so much, and with the Java track sparsely populated, I checked out what appealed to me personally. Here are a few tidbits of interest:
All in all, a most worthy use of my week. I felt enriched with new knowledge and eager to share the open source Gospel with my colleagues (who have more flexibility than me to cover the fun stuff).
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