The JavaOne Conference is officially underway from the Moscone Center in San Francisco

Sun Microsystems today announced that it has completed motions to make a large portion of the company's Java technology available to open source developers under the GNU General Public License version two. The company is ready to allow members of the OpenJDK community to have control of the Java Standard Edition (Java SE JDK) platform.

During the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, however, Sun asked the open source community for assistance in fixing a problem relating to the code release. The company states that some of the company's code, mainly dealing with Java 2D graphics technology, remains “encumbered,” -- meaning the code is owned by one entity but is currently entangled in legal issues. The company is unable to release the Java code under GPLv2, since the company does not own the intellectual property to it.

Sun will have to provide plug-ins for the technology until it can work with the open source community to rewrite the code – which will then also be made available under GPL2.

“Less than one year after we announced our intent to release Java technology as open source software under GPL v2, we have achieved our goal,” said Rich Green, Sun executive vice president of software.

Sun promised to open source Java during the 2006 JavaOne, and then made the code available in November under GPL v. 2.0.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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