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The open-source Java effort Apache Harmony has graduated to a full-fledged Apache project.

Apache Harmony, started last year, is creating an open-source version of Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), software for making Java programs on PCs.

About two weeks ago, the board of the Apache Software Foundation approved a change in status from incubator to top-level project, Geir Magnusson, who is the chair of the Harmony Project Management Committee, said Tuesday.

On Monday, Sun Microsystems announced that it has made its Java software, including its Java SE implementation, available through the open-source General Public License version 2.

In his blog, Magnusson said Harmony will continue to operate parallel to Sun's own open-source Java initiatives.

"Apache and Sun have different communities, with different licenses, different conditions for contribution and different governance models," he wrote. "(It) doesn't change what we'll be doing. It just means even more open-source Java choices for users and contributors--and that's a good thing."

Moving from incubator status to the top-level designation indicates that Apache Harmony has achieved a sufficiently diverse set of committers, which indicates long-term stability, according to Apache.

IBM, which two years ago urged Sun to release Java as open-source software, on Monday sent out a statement expressing disappointment with Sun's move.

Rather then start a new open-source Java project, IBM said it would have been preferable if Sun had contributed code to existing Apache projects, including Harmony, in which IBM is participating.

IBM also said that if Sun had used the Apache license, it would be easier to share code from different projects.

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The community is excited but causious
Writeups on the FOSS news sites are indicating that while FOSS Community leaders are very happy over the Java release, Developers are becoming more causious since how much of JAVA will be released vs "included" as binaries is still up in the air.

In general.. it's happiness that's been a long time coming. Sun's been working in this direction for quite some time rather than (as some have sudgested) simply reacting to the Suse distribution loss (er.. deal with microsoft).
Posted by jabbotts (492 comments )
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No wonder why IBM is disappointed...
Ever look at Apache's License?
Basically you can do whatever you want with it, as long as you reference Apache in your documentation.

IBM loves this because they can commercialize anything under Apache's license in to their products .
That is to say, IBM enhances the core product and sells it with commercial products.
Posted by dargon19888 (412 comments )
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Solaris has CDDL but IBM still promotes the Linux with GPL
And I think CDDL is apache compatible.
In the news you never hear anymore about HPUX and AIX.

Sun is throwing arround punches to everybody ...

will see whan happens, when IBM opened the PC architecture we saw the results.

If I would be MS I would be woried, .NET vs Java is now: Redmond vs Planet Earth.

Sales drops for MS based servers will affect IBM, HP and Dell more than it will affect Sun.

Now let me think how would I adjust my stock portfolio ...
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