Open-Source Java Project Overview
The Java community comprises many communities that have, for over 10 years now, built a large and vibrant market around the Java platform, innovating with Java technology through both closed and open source development models.
Sun is now seeding open-source communities around its implementations of the Java platform. The company is releasing the code under an open-source license, and putting in place the infrastructure for a community to collaborate on a source-code commons.
Sun believes that open source developers gain greater freedom and customers gain more control over the rapidly developing technology they use. Sun recognizes that open source requires freedom for developers, and recognizes that the strength of Java technology is its promise of compatibility.