While not a complete surprise, Sun Microsystems let loose with an interesting development today. At its JavaOne conference, Sun announced that it would open-source its Java platform.
They added that before it does so, company officials have to be certain the move won’t lead to diverging paths in the code. I think this is a great move, and one that has been a long-time coming. Perhaps on a more interesting note, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft’s next move will be. I seriously doubt there will be one – which is a move in and of itself.
I’m not going to rehash the whole thing here in the blog. If you are interested in learning more, you can read a great feature story on this development over at Computerworld’s site.