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· · 2006
· · · May
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OSS Java · Wel­l, the re­ac­tion to the state­ment on an OSS li­cense for the Sun Ja­va SE im­ple­men­ta­tion has not ex­act­ly been a cho­rus of huz­zah­s; it’s ranged from “You don’t re­al­ly mean it” to “You should have done it years ago” to “lamerz suxx0r neen­er neener”. The peo­ple work­ing through the li­cense and com­mu­ni­ty is­sues need to be aware they’ll be deal­ing with un­re­lent­ing hos­til­i­ty from their au­di­ence. There’s lots of his­to­ry here, most of which I don’t know, but no­body seems sur­prised at all this. I have to say, though, the con­trast be­tween all that nas­ti­ness and the big hap­py com­mu­ni­ty glow at last week’s Ja­va One was pret­ty stark; who are Java’s friends again? That aside, I’m still pret­ty star­tled about the re­ac­tion to the DLJ an­nounce­ment. I would have thought that mak­ing it a lit­tle less painful for GNU/Lin­ux users to in­stall Ja­va would gen­er­al­ly be re­gard­ed as a good (not huge, but good) thing—I know that Si­mon Phipp­s, Mark Shut­tle­worth, Rich Sand­s, and a bunch of oth­er peo­ple worked damn hard on it—but in­stead (see Si­mon), it pro­voked a load of vit­ri­olic trash talk. I’m dis­ap­point­ed.
 
5✭♫: Wrecking Ball · The last 5-✭ song, Dylan’s One More Cup of Cof­fee, got there in large part due to har­monies from Em­my­lou Har­ris. Emmylou’s nev­er re­al­ly been a Big Star I think, which is un­fair; she’s sung more beau­ti­ful songs beau­ti­ful­ly than al­most any­one. Wreck­ing Ball, her 1995 out­ing with Kana­di­an Karmick Kon­sul­tant and over­pro­duc­er Daniel Lanois and fea­tur­ing lot­sa Big Stars, is per­haps not ab­so­lute­ly her finest work; but it’s what I have on my com­put­er and it’s very good. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
 
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