What is the impact of Oracle suing Google over the latter’s use of Java in Android? Is it just a little spittin’ match between two software giants? Or will it have industry-wide implications?
Unfortunately, this case will have substantial, industry-wide implications. If you’re not so sure you agree, I recommend you check out
- Mark Driver’s (Gartner) post Oracle Sues Google Over Java Patents. Don’t miss the logic-gate ending.
- John Rymer’s & Jeffrey Hammond’s (Forrester, both) post App Development Managers Should Care About Oracle’s Suit Against Google.
The Rymer/Hammond post lays out Oracles options after acquiring Java. I agree with them when they say that Oracle chose to “Supercharge Java as a money machine.” The other option? Reinvigorate Java as an OSS leader.
Although it’s impossible to predict what will occur in the Java development community, I do think it’s clear that Oracle’s suit against Google will drive many formerly Free OSS (FOSS) systems to For-Profit OSS which would be better named OSSINO – OSS In Name Only.