Initial reaction to a proposal to create a version of desktop Java, called J2SE, with an Apache open-source license varied widely.
On Friday, Apache member Geir Magnusson Jr. posted the proposal details of Project Harmony, an effort at the Apache Foundation to create an open-source implementation of Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0??the software needed to run Java programs on desktop PCs.
In the past few years, many people have urged Sun to "make Java open source" but Sun has resisted because of compatibility and legal concerns.
Reaction since Friday to the Apache project has been both … Read more