Java is FREE (as in Freedom)

Sun finally announced that they are releasing Java under the GPL! That’s right, the language you love to hate is FREE, and not just free as in beer, but free as in Freedom. The Free/Libre Open Source Software community has been pushing this for years now, about a year ago we started getting signs that it might happen, and a few weeks ago it finally did. This is a very good thing for a many reasons. Not only is Sun contributing a massive amount of code to the FLOSS community, which helps everyone, but it is a major testament to the power and value of FLOSS. It also means that GNU/Linux distributions can directly distribute Sun’s Java. And most importantly, developers from around the world will be able to contribute to, and improve, the Java environment.

To check out the new OpenJDK project, check out this.


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