Yes, it has happened. Sun has opened up and made Java on GPL.Richard Stallman who once cursed Sun for the “java trap” is now praising sun for this move. Watch the announcement videos from folks like Brian Behlendorf, Tim O’Reilly and Richard Stallman appreciating the move.
This move will make huge leaps in gnu/linux world. The classpath project might be dropped as the Sun’s java is itself on GPL now.I’m hoping the next set of releases of various distros will contain java and even jre plug-in bundled with firefox. I would also not surprised if some group of people come up with idea of having a java desktop system for gnu/linux competing against GNOME,KDE. Have to wait and watch if gnu/linux developers use java on desktop applications. If someone creates such a community, i will be happy to contribute to it. Back to sun & java, though its on GPL, the release of code will take some time.Anyway a good move by sun.
Some reads :-
Long live freedom, Happy bday openjava.
My exams are on the way next week. So will be offline for few days from the blogging world.