Most analysts, being more reserved than I, are “waiting to see what happens” concerning the fate of Java.
“Our view of the settlement should depend on what we see Sun doing with the proceeds. What did we fight so hard for? Will Sun show us that our support was well-deserved, and will Sun prove it has the vision to strengthen Java by recognizing and assisting the independent developer community? These are the key questions, and I hope you will join me in watching how things progress before we draw conclusions about this settlement (or was it a purchase?)” … writes Rick Ross in this article at NewsForge.
But I have no good reason to practice such reservation, so let me state that it seems to me that the recent SUN/Microsoft settlement is really not about terminating an old feud. Historically, Microsoft has bought companies that have developed protocols and software contrary to the monopolist’s interests, that is to say, anything that even remotly threatened the criminal corporation’s hegemony in the domain. Companies that refuse to sell their souls are simply litigated out of existence via frivolous lawsuits. In the present case, it’s not a company but a block of code called Java made by a company who agreed to consort with ‘the rich enemy’. No, this is not a marriage, but rather a prostitution of principles. It seems that Sun has become Microsoft’s red-light district.
The recent SUN/M$ “settlement” smells of this. Java will most likely die because MS will kill it, and tan its hide for further use. This also means that SUN can no longer be trusted, except of course, by those stupid and/or immoral enough to trust Microsoft. “Our companies will continue to compete hard, but this agreement creates a new basis for cooperation that will benefit the customers of both companies,” Ballmer lied through his teeth in a typically false microbrained statement for fellow microbrains.
The moral of this story is that bribery and corruption win, especially when they are cleverly disguised as a settling of litigation…, and that ‘Ho`s will be Ho`s”….