James Gosling’s Letter to the Java Community

Dear Java Community,

As you can see, we’re making progress with our plans to open source
Sun’s implementations of the Java platform. I’m happy to see Java
technology embarking on a new journey with this official open-source
licensing announcement.

Java technology has been a cornerstone of software development for
more than a decade now — the community is ready for the next chapter,
and the timing is right. As we stated at the JavaOne conference last
May, the most crucial part of this decision was that we realized
developers want to preserve compatibility, interoperability, and
reliability. We intend to take steps to help make sure Java technology
remains compatible, interoperable, and reliable. And we know the Java
community feels the same way.

We will continue to do an immense amount of testing with the Java
platform. Everything we do will get checked, rechecked, and we will
debug rigorously. We expect that people who care about reliability and
compatibility with the Java specification will continue to use and
enhance Java technology.

One reason Java technology remains so popular is that it’s
remarkably successful at spanning a lot of different domains. You can
write software for application servers, cell phones, scientific
programming, desktop applications, games, embedded software — the list
is endless. We’re intend to maintain the support of this broad span of
domains.

Sun continues to embrace open source, and I invite you to join us.
There are all kinds of contributions you can make. If there’s a bug
that you really care about, you can go work out a fix. (That’s one area
where developers have made tens of thousands of contributions over the
years.) I also invite you to help us add new features. If there’s new
functionality that you really want in Java technology, the process is
there to help you to add that to the platform as well.

Sincerely,
James Gosling

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