Open source Java? We already have it
Reading blizzard’s take on open source Java, I cant see a reason we should be bothered by it anymore. The arguments in favor of open sourcing Java has already been made pretty clear and the myths about fragmentation and other supposedly negative aspects clearly debunked and nothing has changed for the better in that front but what do we lose ourselves by that? We can’t really call it Java but in practical terms we can run many of the nice software that is written for Java like Azureus, Openoffice.org Base or RSSOwl for the desktop or things like Eclipse for the developers which is not tained for a proprietary base anymore or stuff like Apache Tomcat for the servers. Fedora is literally on the cutting edge with this development with a increasingly comprehensive Java stack. We might be an year or so for 100% compatibility by a blind guess. We got a gcj compiler for native code and a gij for bytecode.
Most of the good innovation in the Java space has long since moved into open source projects like the good folks at Apache with JCP process barely catching up. The only sore aspects seems to be that Java-GNOME hasn’t really caught up at all and I was pretty surprised to learn that frysk (http://sourceware.org/frysk/) was using it but PyGTK is nothing to sneeze at and we are increasingly moving away from the Java trap. Good times I say.