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Re: Oracle lawsuit a bad thing?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Oracle lawsuit a bad thing?
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:00:57 -0000
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tovare writes:
> The situation looks almost the same to me as Microsofts incompatible
> virtual machine.

It's completely unrelated.  Microsoft had a contract with Sun granting
them permission to use the Java trademark provided that they complied
with the specification.  They breached the contract by "extending" Java
but continued to use the trademark.  Google is party to no such contract
and is not using the trademark.

> A basic embrace and extend in the sense that they capitalize on the
> massive amounts of Java-developers, then lock the code to Android and
> not a Java-standard profile

Nothing is stopping you from writing a vm for your favorite platform.
Google won't sue you for patent infringement.

> It would perhaps have been better if Google had respected the "Write
> Once Run Anywhere"-mantra and did their own language and API,

They did.  It just happens to be essentially a dialect of Java.  So
what?  Nobody can own a computer language.

> Also, for a platform like Java i feel better about the more protective
> GPL-licence than the Apache 2 license.

Use it for your version.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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