Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oracle vs. Google: Absence of Malice

There is a scene from the movie Absence of Malice, that perfectly captures my sentiments regarding Oracle's complaint against Google for Java patent infringement. The segment I am referring to starts at the 6:16 mark of this YouTube Video.
"Everyone in the room is smart, everybody is just doing their job, and Oracle's reputation as the steward of Java is dead. Who do I see about that?"
The response in the movie pretty much sums up where we are now:
"Ain't nobody to see. I wish there was. You're excused now sir."
My problem is that I don't want to be excused. As one of a select group of Java Champions, I want to stick around. However, I am finding it increasingly difficult to support Oracle as the new steward of Java. There need to be some dramatic changes in the landscape soon or I will take that offer to be excused and withdraw from the Java Champions program.