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May 01, 2004

Websphere open source ?

James Gosling's rational response to the IBM's challenge to Sun to make Java open-source -

Some have asked when, given IBM's apparent zeal for open source, DB2 and WebSphere will be open sourced: ask them, not me - it does seem unlikely

What if they really decide to open source WebSphere. Now that would be a very disruptive move, one that can derail Weblogic's growth and at the same time give JBoss a real run for their money. At the same time it can force HP and Sun on defensive in the emerging market for webservices.

Considering IBM Global Service's clout inside IBM and IBM's long-term commitment to the open source philosophy why would this be a hard-to-imagine move?

May 1, 2004 in Open source | Permalink


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