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Thread started by Dave Winer on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

What's the dispute between Sun and Google?

I haven't been paying attention to the court battle between Google and Sun. Just letting the headlines roll by. But this comment by Java lead implementor James Gosling made me wonder.

He said: "While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun. We were all really disturbed."

It appears the dispute is over licensing of the Java API. Google apparently believed they were required to get a license, but felt that Sun would try to control them, which if the past is a guide, is probably right. Is this another instance of the dispute that Microsoft had with Sun in the 1990s over Java?