Gene Heskett wrote:
But those cases are very few and far between considering the "perceived" number of violations extant. As predicted, out of the most famous of those, the SCO debacle, only the lawyers will actually see any grocery money from that. Neither IBM nor NOVEL will see 1% of whats owed them by the time the fat lady sings. SCO is doing their damnedest to burn through whats left in spite of the bankruptcy rules. They are NOT going to go after a Joe & Jill Sixpack with $275 in the bank.
Well that's easy to say unless you get caught in a patent lawsuit. Even getting a wrong one out of court can set you back by a few million dollars. Don't think SCO case didn't cause serious money for everyone involved.
but the exclusion of Sun Java had nothing to do with patents and everything to do with copyright licenses which are getting fixed. http://www.press.redhat.com/2007/11/05/red-hat-helps-advance-open-source-jav a/ RahulSo that is the reason Rh bought jboss. That makes it clearer, but isn't this then a fork that will be a nightmare to re-merge when the issues are settled?
What fork? OpenJDK and IcedTea has very few differences. GCJ is not a fork but a entirely separate implementation which has a few advantages still like more architecture support, native compilation and so on.