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InfoQ.com and many other sites are reporting that Java SE and Java ME platforms has been GPL'd. But who really cares?

The debate over whether Sun should open source Java or not raged on for years. But why? Recently, I felt this was a more academic discussion as developers were already using actual open source Java and alternatives in their everyday jobs already.

Imho, it sounds like big news, but in a very practical, realistic sense, it's not. This does NOT include the Java Enterprise Edition (EE) platform (other than GlassFish Java EE app server tool) as a whole, the platform where Sun receives most of its Java licensing revenue, and imho is the most important of the three major platforms. It only includes the core/desktop Java Standard Edition (SE) and mobile/wireless Java Micro Edition (ME) platforms.

Open source Java already exists in frameworks and tools like Spring, Seam, Struts, Eclipse, Tomcat, JBoss App server, and many, many more. In the most practical sense to developers, etc... open source Java has been around for a few years now in a very practical and adoptive way. So, the open sourcing of Sun's Java spec, standard reference implementation and Sun tools tied to it just isn't a big deal.



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