[ale] OT: ESR's day in Sun

Andrew Newton andy at hxr.us
Mon Feb 23 10:46:16 EST 2004

I'm lost.  How is this little spat useful?

How is dumping on Sun, a company that has and is contributing a lot of  
open source code to the community, suppose to help?

I'm no fan of Sun, but off the top of my head I have used three  
separate bits of software they created and contributed to the open  
source community: OpenOffice, Crimson, and Tomcat (which, last I  
checked, they still pay people to work on).


On Feb 23, 2004, at 6:30 AM, Sergio Chaves wrote:

>  For the folks who like a little flame once-in-a-while :o)
> ESR's day in Sun
> Controversial Open Source advocate, Eric Raymond, has been kicking-up  
> a stink with Sun. In what's rapidly turning into a flame-war writ  
> large, Raymond started by writing an open letter to Sun boss Scott  
> McNealy. After making a jibe about McNealy's commitment to Open  
> Source, Raymond suggested the company _free_ the Java programming  
> language. Sun replied and said that, actually, it has done more for  
> Open Source than anybody (and also suggested that if ESR's letter is  
> how Open Source treats its friends then it must really be nasty to its  
> enemies). Eric then responded by saying... well, read for yourself.
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/let-java-go.html (ESR's letter)
> http://www.pcpro.co.uk/?http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/news_story.php? 
> id=53646 (Sun's response)
> http://www.catb.org/esr/writings/let-java-go-2.html (ESR's response)
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