Oracle, as we all knew was a supporter of Open Source standards. However, a recent turn of events has forced me to think otherwise.
Oracle took over Sun Microsystems with a view of monetizing the Open Source technologies Sun held under its banner. There was no harm in that. However, it totally failed to understand the basic mindset of a community process and maintain an enthusiastic community around free and open source software.
Oracle started pissing off everyone with a total lack of communication, with red tapes and finally, it is showing its true colors with today’s event of sending OpenSolaris to the grave. Killing off OpenSolaris, as speculated by many, might just be a start of some unexpected yet unsurprising events from Oracle.
Today, Oracle holds two flagship technologies, an enterprise DBMS and a complete programming platform in the form of Java besides many other major technologies. However, Oracle’s recent attack on Google over Java is a well-calculated move. Oracle is looking to make some good profits out of the Intellectual Property infringement of Java. However, if Google has been able to innovate to this massive level using Java, maybe Oracle should take the cue and try to innovate instead of litigating!
Google has finally responded to the Oracle claim saying,
We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.
Back in the good old days, Sun Microsystems allowed Java’s Intellectual Property to be used freely and never interfered with any company on this matter. If Oracle successfully wins this allegation against Google, the whole matter will simply scare away all businesses based around Java and can have a devastating effect on Java.
In short, these actions from Oracle can virtually kill Java too. As the case against Google builds up, we will have a better picture of the future of Java.
(Google’s Response via Engadget)