ESR to McNealy: Let Java Go
Eric S. Raymond has posted an open letter to Sun on the topic of open source and Java. With typical ESR directness, he tells Sun that they need to choose between ubiquity or control. They can't have it both ways.
I'm generally in agreement with Eric on this one. I think Java needs to be open sourced to survive. James Gosling has even made favorable statements about open-sourcing Java. The current situation, where Java is buffetted about by Sun's corporate concerns, seems not to be good for Java (or Sun, for that matter).