Posted Aug 17, 2010 16:34 UTC (Tue) by gmaxwell
Parent article: A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle
I'm left wondering what our editor here would consider to be the criteria for freeness in a platform. For Java we have a complete implementation available from the original author under GPL(v2) in addition to multiple independent free software implementations with various levels of completeness.
Even according to the FSF "the Java language as such is no longer a trap", so I think we can forgive people for not being paranoid enough if it turns out that Java was still a trap.
And I don't mean this as merely a rhetorical barb at the author there are a number of platforms such as .NET/Mono which arguably have fewer assurances than Java and many others like Erlang which simply began life under a proprietary banner.
So what should we have asked for and what should we be asking for? How do we convince the rest of the world that these things are important?
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