Could Oracle fracture open source community?
An Oracle was a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinion. How can that particular definition be applied to Oracle the company? It can’t. In fact I would claim that Oracle, the company, is quite the opposite of “wise” or “prophetic”.
Why am I saying this? Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you probably know that Oracle is suing Google over its use of Java in the Android operating system. Why are they doing this? If you puff away all the smoke and mirrors, the answer is simple: To get as much cash from Sun as they can. The problem that Oracle is facing is that Sun made Java open source in 2006. That was because then CEO, Johnathan Schwartz, was a big champion of open source and wanted to increase the exposure of Java. It was a smart move. Sun was also hoping to make a push for it’s Solaris operating system for data centers…so they released an open source version of that as well.
Sun and Google spent much time in talks about the Java (and other issues). It was decided that no law suit would be necessary, but they never could come to a complete agreement as to what to do about the Java issue.
Then Oracle comes along, buys Sun, and now seams hell-bent on destroying that relationship between Sun and Google.