However, they simply are not convinved that open sourcing is an automatically optimal solution, and I think they have all the right to that opinion. After all, it's their
code, and a company open sourcing their work to you is not one of your constitutional rights.
Well, duh, opening the source isn't optimal for them. The optimal situation for Sun would be a rental license. Frequent mandatory upgrades (ala Windows) can end up similar to a rental.
The problem is that non-open software is not optimal for the user, because Sun can back out of anything at any time they want. Sun can also sabotage competitiors (ala Windows). If the UCITA passes where you live, then Sun ends up being able to do even more.
One of the nice things about Sun, that most (especially young) people seem to forget, is that they were always reasonably open-source minded. YP/NIS and NFS are
two nice examples.
Yeah, Sun used to be the "good guys." Then they pulled Java from the standards process
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