Oracle appeared large and in charge at this year’s JavaOne conference, the first since the company acquired Sun (and Java) for $7.4-billion and just weeks after it sued Google for its usage of Java in Android. There were a lot of questions being asked, to say the least, with the most vocal one perhaps being a crusade to free the platform coming from the “father of Java” James Gosling himself. On his personal blog, the long-time Sun developer/short-time Oracle employee wrote:
One small act that can help avoid the dystopia is to keep the pressure on Oracle to do the right thing. I don’t believe that parading around in protest t-shirts will convince them to do what they committed to, but it’ll let them know that the community is watching.
I have an offer to members of the press: a free dinner anywhere in the Bay Area to anyone who gets a straight, reasonable, intellectually defensible official answer from Oracle to the question of why their demand for the creation of an independent Java Foundation applied to Sun, but now doesn’t apply to Oracle.