Rich, as you know, and has been said many times, it isn't a GPL versus BSD^w ASL thing for Harmony -- it is getting the TCK for Harmony in a manner which is compatible with actually releasing
it Harmony under the Apache License. Hint, the FOU restrictions offered to Harmony would also be incompatible with the GPL ;-)
There are fundamental principles and goals that separately define the GPL and Apache Software Licenses. Unlike the GPL, the Apache open source license does not require innovation to remain in the open. Java technology governed by the Apache license could be altered by any organization -- commercial or non-profit -- and rendered both incompatible and inaccessible to the community. The trust and value of "Write Once Run Anywhere" could not be upheld.
Is pure misinformation and FUD :-( I'd like to say I expected more, but...Tue, 05 Jun 2007
There is this strange meme that "$BigCo owns Apache!" where $BigCo changes periodically. For a long time $BigCo was Sun, but recently IBM seems to be the choice of the paranoids, and Google or Joost of those "in the loop."
To set the record straight, we own Apache. We
Those are individuals, but in the interest of helping conspiracy theorists, most people are happy to list their employer or affiliation if you want to peruse :-)
No email yet, but the schedule is up and neither of the proposals I submitted is on it. Ah well, I'll just have to do them via blog instead of as talks, though it will be sad not getting to see folks in June -- will just have ot hope the Europeans all make it over to ApacheCon US this autumn.