If anyone has been following the case against Google made by Oracle about an alleged infringement on Oracle’s Java software, then you may be pleased to hear that Google might have gotten a good piece of evidence to help fight the money hungry Oracle. A couple years ago, Sun was bought by Oracle, and Sun were the holders of Java. A blog post made by Sun’s CEO shows that he was just fine with Google’s use of Java on their OS. Even going as far to state that all of Sun’s development resources should be based around the platform.
I’d also like Sun to be the first platform software company to commit to a complete developer environment around the platform, as we throw Sun’s NetBeans developer platform for mobile devices behind the effort. We’ve obviously done a ton of work to support developers on all Java based platforms, and were pleased to add Google’s Android to the list. – Jonathan Schwartz CEO of Sun
This blog by Mr. Schwartz himself, shall be used in court as an approval of Google to use Java in Android. Definitely sounds like he has no issues with it so far, am I right? In comes Oracle. After acquiring the Java software, Oracle deleted the blog made by the Sun CEO and only recently has it been retrieved using the internet’s wonderful time machine powers. Now Oracle will have to answer for this in court, and we’re hoping a judge will side with Google and their approved use of Java.
But wait, does the CEO of Sun actually mean that Google can use it without paying it’s dues? Back in 2007, CNET touched on these matters and it didn’t sound like Sun was extremely happy with what Google was doing. Sun Microsystems stated that Google was taking Java down a road of fragmentation. (Ring a bell?)
Anything that creates a more diverse or fractured platform is not in developers’ best interests – Executive VP of Sun’s Software
Once Sun saw that Google was possibly taking their work, and turning it into something that would not benefit the community as a whole, they seemingly changed their tune. Google reacted quick with their statement and a rep had this to say:
Google and the other members of the Open Handset Alliance are working to help solve fragmentation and supporting the developer community by creating Android, a mobile platform that responds to the needs of the developers, has the backing of industry leaders, and will be available as open source under a nonrestrictive license.
Does anyone else see a vicious cycle happening here? Keep in mind this was all back in 2007, and it may not even end for quite some time. This story is years in the making, and we’ll keep you posted if anything that may concern Android as a whole, happens. Sun CEO approved of Google’s usage, then retracted approval? Then Oracle erases CEO’s statements anyways? This would be an excellent T.V. Drama.