FSF responds to Oracle v. Google
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has an interesting take on the Oracle v. Google lawsuit. Of course they decry Oracle’s victimization of Google and abuse of the patent system. However, their analysis also includes this valuable lesson for future developers:
Unfortunately, Google didn’t seem particularly concerned about this problem until after the suit was filed. The company still has not taken any clear position or action against software patents. And they could have avoided all this by building Android on top of IcedTea, a GPL-covered Java implementation based on Sun’s original code, instead of an independent implementation under the Apache License. The GPL is designed to protect everyone’s freedom—from each individual user up to the largest corporations—and it could’ve provided a strong defense against Oracle’s attacks. It’s sad to see that Google apparently shunned those protections in order to make proprietary software development easier on Android.
Yes, it seems Google took the bait. This clearly shows what an “open source” company like Google is willing to do, and how that attitude can bite it in the ass.