I read a book a while back that made me go "that's it!" Now, Discover Your Strengths is all about how we should spend our time doing things we are good at, becoming excellent at those tasks, rather than wasting our time trying to become mediocre at the things we aren't good at. I intuitively did this for the people that worked for me - I gave them the tasks they were good at. Usually, those were the tasks they enjoyed doing. (From a manager's perspective that was the best way to get things done well and quickly.) But I hadn't really looked at it from a personal perspective. I'd been busy trying to be good at all the things someone in my position was "supposed" to be good at.
This is an ultra-brief, brass-tacks, rubber meets road description of what Sun's decision to open source Java means for the average developer. Someone asked a question about what open sourcing Java meant and I was surprised I didn't have a good answer. So not much opinion or independent thought here, this is just a summary of what I've found out. I'm not a lawyer, yada yada. Don't consider this legal advice.
After draft 3 of the GPLv3 came out we asked our Expert Community, a good representative sample of the open source community what they thought of it. (Note, I'm not a statistician but I believe the Expert Community is representative of the open source community because the Expert Community represents most of the 250+ open source software products we ship plus a bunch we don't ship yet.)
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