Java to become opensource this year

Posted on Saturday, Jun 28 2008 @ 16:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ZD Net writes Sun's Java will finally be completely opensource within the coming few months:
Following the announcement of Sun's plans to make Java free and open under the General Public License (GPL) at JavaOne 2006, there have been a few struggles on the path to open source. At the time of the OpenJDK release in May last year, around five percent of the code--the portion not owned by Sun--was still closed.

Simon Phipps, the chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems, said: "We released under the GPL everything we had the rights to release under the GPL and that was last summer. There were a couple of holdouts there. One was the area to do with raster graphics and 2D graphics. That turned out to be owned by a company that didn't want us to release that code as open source. We negotiated with them and because they've said 'yes, you can open source the code', I can tell you they're Codec […]."

The only element that's left now is actually a sound-related component within Java. We finally decided that the vendor that's involved there just isn't going to play ball and we're rewriting the code from scratch. That's going to be done within the next couple of months."

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