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[News] Why Forks and Choice Are Important (and the Many Java Flavours)

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Where open source philosophy goes wrong software freedom keeps us free to share
and modify

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| There are no obligations to share a program using a particular methodology, 
| to share source code to programs one doesn’t distribute, or to accept 
| someone’s patches into a program. It’s convenient and nice to distribute 
| developmental versions of programs and to integrate patches from others so 
| many hackers can help improve the program. But these are niceties, not 
| requirements. The ethical obligations to distribute software that respects 
| users freedoms are at the heart of the free software movement. Focusing on 
| software freedom helps keep our priorities straight when considering the 
| consequences of using and sharing computer software.        


Why So Many Java Mugs?

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| Why so many choices? For the same reasons as there are numerous versions of 
| the Linux operating system. Feature sets, corporate policies, budgetary 
| restrictions, and scalability are among the deciding factors in choosing a 
| suitable container.   


According to Microsoft's Munchkins, having too much choice is suicide, yet Java
is the #1 programming language.


Study: Java still top programming language

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| Java has its detractors, but according to a recent reading of the Tiobe
| Programming Community Index, it's still the dominant programming language,
| with little change in its overall popularity since August 2007. Runners up?
| C, (Visual) Basic, C++, and PHP.



More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux 
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on 
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the 
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same 
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide 
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific 
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,” 
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India.        

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