OnClosingOSS(Oracle, Java, Google)

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

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.

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