||Will You See Open Source J2EE Implementations?|
|Subject:||Independent Developers Should Get a Free Pass|
I have long defended Sun's right to release their software under whatever terms they choose, but Mike's points seem quite compelling to
me. Developer adoption of J2EE is key to its success, yet Sun seems to be making the widest adoption difficult by putting roadblocks in the way of open source implementations. Sun may have the right to limit certification of Java-compliant software to those who can pay, but this
"right" doesn't make it a sensible choice. Mike's proposed solution seems like a good one. It might be even simpler for Sun just to waive the fees for a complete open source implementation like JBoss -- unless they are intentionally telling open source developers that they aren't
wanted instead of just failing to realize the problem posed by their current certification process.