How easily people forget the history...
Posted May 24, 2012 8:12 UTC (Thu) by khim
Parent article: Google wins patent case against Oracle
What I find particularly funny is the Gosling's moans and people's reaction to them.
Gosling says Google "tramped" and "abused" Java developers at Sun, but somehow forgets to add that he himself did the same thing thirty years ago.
And it's not like it was some low-profile unknown sidestory. It was quite
a big deal back then. Remember? While Stallman tried to organize community around Emacs with explicitly expressed presumption that all improvements must be given back to him to be incorporated and distributed Gosling went on and created it's own Goslinc Emacs for the new frontiers (Unix was relatively new and tiny back then). Worse: later, when Stallman reused his code to create his own Unix port he went on and demanded to remove his code from Emacs¹ (Google never did that: if Sun or now Oracle wants to reuse pieces of Dalvik in Java it can do that quite legally). And after all that he have the nerve to talk about abuse?
Sorry, but this is hypocrisy, plain and simple.
¹) Strictly speaking it was Unipress, not Gosling, but I don't recall any Gosling's complains WRT that unfairness thus we can safely assume he approved this behavior.
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