“It’s really quite clever,” Dana Blankenhorn writes for ZDNet. “Tie Google up in court, sign a deal with Apple to coordinate development of Java, and ignore the open source community. It’s all about the Great Game, and you’re not invited to play.”
“What the community thinks is open source can be taken back,” Blankenhorn writes. “Open source lives by the contract and it will die by the contract.”
Blankenhorn writes, “That’s a message Apple can get behind. Apple has never had any interest in the open source community. It’s a nuisance, a bunch of so-called idealists who copy its ideas and prevent it from gaining the monopoly rents it feels its innovation deserves.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What does innovation deserve, exactly? To be freely knocked off by every Tom, Dick, and Hua on earth?