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]