Tim Bray

A couple weeks ago, we reported that Oracle was suing Google over patents dealing with Java used in Android. 

While the magnitude of this suit is big and there are large implications resting on the decision, I don't think anybody expected it to have negative effects this quickly. However, Google has announced today that they will not participate in JavaOne this year, which is an annual conference held to discuss Java.

Here is a quote from Joshua Bloch from Google's Open Source Program Office:

"Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won't be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally. This is a painful realization for us, as we've participated in every JavaOne since 2004, and I personally have spoken at all but the first in 1996."

Oracle's lawsuit seems to have already had a negative impact on the open-source community. [Google Code Blog via @TimBray]


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Oracle's lawsuit preventing Google from participating in JavaOne


Oracle is quickly becoming the next SCO. First the problems with contracts and now a frivolous attack on open source. WTG.

Google is working on a number of languages of their own, (Go! is one example) any excuse to slowly inch away from Java will be embraced by Google.

it did not prevent them from going. They chose not to go. It is amusing to see all the kids here predicting dire times for oracle because of this. You see in the real adult world it means nothing. Oracle won't lose a cent over it and may gain quite a few. You know if it was Apple and oracle you would all be on oracles side anyway. plus very few of you even understand the issue at stake. You just know that it affects Android. If you really knew what open source is you would not be pointing at Android as an example of open source. No one is allowed to contribute to the Android source and it does not include any of the source code to hardware interfaces. In fact Google can and has sued companies that tried to put together phones using all of the Android source. Google is not your friend. They want all of your personal information to do whatever they want with and they don't care what you think about it. They tried to control the wireless space with Verizon to the detriment of their users and many other companies. They have some good software and some bad software. Use what you want but don't be stupid and act as if Google is all butterflies and puppy dog tails.

Yes, but while the core of Android is not open source, things like AOSP do exist. Many Roms are being based on that and are easily accessible. Which mobile platform has an open source initiative/alternative?

Why, in your opinion, do you think they "chose" not to go?

@snookie Like the real snookie I don't think you understand what you are talking about. Please post the link that shows when Google has sued a company over Android. Even if they did, you must understand that Open Source doesn't translate to a “free-for-all” where you can do whatever you want. I work for a company the redistributes a Linux distro as part of an application suite we make a profit on so there are different rules under GNU GPL/Open Source licenses. Just like there are rules that Linus Torvalds put in place on how you can add to the Linux kernel and how it is redistribute.