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The debate on whether Java should be open sourced or not has been on for a long time now. While Java enthusiasts were not too happy with the constant demands of 'open-source fanatics' to open the source code of Java; IBM has been pushing very strongly for it and even offered to 'work with Sun' on an independent project to open source Java.
Till about last year Sun constantly reiterated that though it is a strong promoter of open source and understands it 'better than anybody else', but because of different agenda on the priority list would not like to take up open sourcing of Java.
In a recent announcement Sun disclosed that the process to open source Java is underway and an open source version of Java would be available soon. According to Simon Phipps chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems, a dedicated team has been put in place to do this, however it is not a 'simple endeavor' because of several legal and access issues attached with it.