Android isn't a Java Platform - Say Hello to Dalvik
joshua at willowisp.net
Tue Nov 13 17:07:18 CET 2007
William Weinberg wrote:
> Dear OpenMoko Friends
> See the following blog about the "neat tricks" that Google performed to
> sidestep Sun Java licensing requirements.
> The short of is
> - Android code is written to a unique dialect of Java (super/subset)
> that runs on Android's own Dalvik VM. It's not J2ME or any other Sun
> profile and apparently not subject to Sun's licensing regimes
> - In doing so, Google created a new platform, better technically
> perhaps, but not a Java-based platform. This act by definition
> increases fragmentation, whatever you may think of the ugly Java-based
> status quo in the broader mobile market.
> Your comments and reflections appreciated.
There are apparently good reasons for doing that type of fragmentation
with java (although I would argue staying as close to the spec as
possible would be better) in open source development
Bug labs details this a bit on their blog - Sun has no certification
program for open source implementations of java, so it kind of forces
the issue. http://www.bugblogger.com/2007/10/gpl-sun-java-tr.html
This one _may_ not just be google throwing their weight around.
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