Re: MEDIA: Jonathan Schwartz: Oracle bungled its chance at mobile Java
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, John D Groenveld <jdg117@...> wrote:
>Unfortunately (fortunately) when lawsuits and software license issues apply these days nobody important has anything to say. They still have to sell on service.
> Stephen Shankland interviews the pony-tailed one:
> | It's what you faced at Sun when Google went its own way without
> | taking a Java license: litigate or innovate.
> | Schwartz: It's exactly that. But you have to remember that just
> | because you don't want something to happen doesn't mean it's not
> | going to happen. One day somebody will write an interesting analysis
> | of the last 10 years of that company's life, but the single biggest
> | threat at Sun was its single biggest opportunity. Linus [Torvalds,
> | founder and leader of Linux, which competes with Sun's Solaris
> | version of Unix] wanted access to the Solaris source code. At the
> | time, management said no, and it created its own [the OpenSolaris
> | project]. Imagine what would have happened if Sun had said, "We're
> | going to make the code available under this license. Now let a
> | thousand flowers bloom." [Linux seller] Red Hat is now worth more
> | than Sun was.
> Looking forward to reading that analysis.