Sun Microsystems announced on October 25th that they are on the fast track to making Java an open source product.
Sun has been on an open source soapbox since their new CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, took over the company.
Open source software has paved the way for rapid development of great software throughout the world. Projects such as Mozilla’s Firefox, or OpenOffice.org have been shining examples of success in the open source movement.
Making a language opensource is a completely revolutionary idea. It should be interesting to see how Java can maintain stability and long term effectiveness with a less centralized development team.
This could develop into a perfect language, a bloated language, or somewhere in between. My hope is for perfect! We will just have to wait and see what comes of it.