The world's biggest data miner being mined for data! Oh the irony.
Perhaps he should go back to the office and google this employee who was carrying out a major strategic review of platform independence.
Google CEO Larry Page has had an uncomfortable day in court facing allegations that he knew the company was infringing on Java's intellectual property when Android was being developed. One of Oracle's prime exhibits on the third day of the Oracle-Google patent trial was an email from Google engineer Tim Lindholm, who had been …
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Yes Java ME does do well in the feature phone space still (dumb phones) how much longer is that market going to be around? My guess is if Oracle and Sun before it weren't being so stubborn about artificially segmenting things for their own marketing that Google would have already dropped a ton of cash on them.
It's irrelevant because Firstly, Oracle are attempting to use this email to demonstrate that Google knew (back in 2003-ish) that they needed a licence but went ahead and built Android without it anyway. Secondly, when you know the email is about reviewing options post legal threat, the option to simply pay up is reasonable but not probitive.
Other stuff I've read this morning suggests that this email was written shortly *before* oracle sued. Also, this is one of 10 emails oracle presented, covering a period of 5 years, and all saying pretty much the same thing: basically that they know they need a license, sun/oracle will give them one on condition that they maintain control over java, they're not happy with that so they'll go ahead and use it anyway and see what happens.
First indications are that google are pretty much screwed from this angle, the counter-evidence they provided was pretty lame. Doesn't mean they'll lose the case though - oracle really messed up the patent side and have to rely on winning on copyright from what I've seen. The copyright worthiness of APIs hasn't really been proven, so this part of the case might collapse too.
LOL at the bottom of Muller's blog post: "I would like to inform you that Oracle has very recently become a consulting client of mine. We intend to work together for the long haul on mostly competition-related topics including, for one example, FRAND licensing terms." Oh what a surprise. Coincidentally he has been making ridiculously overblown and wrong predictions in Oracle's favour every step of the way during the pretrial.
Just make sure you read right to the end where Florian finally admits to working for Oracle since before the case started...
Still, got to admit he's done a better job presenting emails out of context than he obviously did advising Oracle on whether to push the patent MAD button.
Google already stated in court that they *wanted* to licence Java to save time and money. What we really see here is the reason Google decided to cleanroom the VM and substantial parts of the libraries, because they knew they couldn't just use Suns Java.
That's going to come back and hurt Oracle because it's also the justification for fragmenting Java, if they can't licence, can't call it Java then there's little reason to actually make it behave like a full implementation of Java. Hard for Oracle to now claim Android damaged Java by not being fully Java compliant if the benefits of compliance weren't available.
Why Sun has rejected Google's partnership, especially if you take into consideration that Sun needed the money. I can't help think that Google tried to setup a deal which would left Sun with a lot of uncertainties and can't help wonder if Sun knew up front that they shouldn't put too much trust in Google.
The reason I wonder is because Sun has always been a very lenient company who wasn't afraid to go out of their ways to provide a better product (whether such decisions were for the better of worse isn't really relevant here).
Sun has always been a very lenient company who wasn't afraid to go out of their ways to provide a better product
Sun welcomed Android into the market place and had no problems with Google using Apache's Harmony class libraries. In fact Sun's then SCO has been deposed and said in his deposition that Sun has no problem with Android. he is on Google's witness list and is expected to state all this under oath in open court.
It was only after Sun was bought by Oracle that the problems started.
Oracle only wanted Sun for two reasons: 1) Java: To determine the future roadmap for Java to ensure that the Apache guys didn't eat WebLogic, to ensure that Java was an Oracle first technology, and patent cash. 2) MySQL: To ensure that MySQL did not become a serious challenger to Oracle DB for the enterprise market.... The hardware was incidental. They actually tried, as the SEC filings show, to punt Sun's hardware businesses to HP, but HP didn't want it (at least not at the price Oracle wanted). They bought Sun as a defensive play to ensure open software stayed below enterprise grade.
I'm honestly still surprised they allowed Oracle to buy sun, I mean, mySQL and OracleDB are pretty much the two largest databases on the web, and off. Any other circumstances somebody would have called foul play somewhere along the line. And it doesn't help much either when one is open source and free and the other is insanely expensive.
Sun actively developed mySQL. I can't help wonder if Oracle bought it so they could cannibalise the code and legally put it into their own DB, and then do the minimum work to keep mySQL running while still focusing in on their proprietory version.
I'm actually wondering if any other open source databases have caught up to / overtaken mySQL yet. (if you know please tell me >.>)
Are you for real or purposely playing dumb?
mySQL is so far behind Oracle from a functionality perspective there is no point considering what Oracle could use from it. Remember also that Oracle have owned and actively developed the innodb storage engine for several years before the Sun takeover. The assumption that Sun was bought so Oracle could take code from mySQL to put into Oracle is just plain dumb.
Since the Oracle takeover, lots of really important features have been added to mySQL. It is now faster and more secure than it has ever been. This may well have happened without the takeover, but is certainly shows a certain level of commitment by Oracle, for whatever reason. It might help if you read up on the subject before you start spouting bullshit.
As for other open source databases having "caught up", once again, have you never used Google to find information. PostgreSQL as been way ahead of mySQL in terms of functionality for ever. Yes, mySQL has been more popular, but it has certainly not been the best open source database ( depending on your criteria). If you had spent more time reading and less time making up crap conspiracy theories you would know this...
I really don't understand why MySQL is so popular. A a friend refers to it accurately as MyFirstDatabase. With InnoDB it just about scrapes into being a proper database, but for years with MyIASM tables it was orders of magnitiude away from competing with Oracle, certainly for high end transactional storage.
I really don't understand why MySQL is so popular.
1: it's fast enough and reliable enough for the web; where speed and uptime are perhaps more important than relational integrity which can be farmed off to the application layer (I'm not saying it's as good but that's what you have to do if you're using MyISAM tables)
2: it's open source and plays nicely with *nix/FreeBSD (again, important on the web); you don't need to be an Oracle certified engineer to install and monkey about with it or fork out for an Oracle support contract
3: historically MySQL had better tools supporting it than say PostGRES, making it easier to maintain
4: MySQL has always had better marketing than PostGRES
... basically, for the web, MySQL is good enough.
"... basically, for the web, MySQL is good enough."
Which pretty much sums it up. "the web" is the playground of the incompetent led by the deluded providing crap for the masses (or something like that). In any case, MySQL is so far from being even remotely competent as a database that only people with no clue could be dumb enough to say so.
"good enough" translates as "we don't care if you request ever succeeds, or fails, or even if it is delivered". For Facebook and the rest of the mega presences on the web, I am sure that MySQL (and NoSQL, Haddop and all the rest of the non-databases are/) is a completely adequate 1960s level file management system. I would not trust it for my business (and I don't) because I do not think I can sustain thousands of ACID tps with MySQL, not now and not ever. I might of course be wrong, but I doubt it.
No… It’s horses for courses, "good enough" translates as "good enough for the purpose for which it is intended”
I think you are ignoring the nature of communications between a web page and the DB.
Sometimes I laugh at the way this so-called “new” web technology has developed, 30 when green screen technology was at the leading edge, all communications with the DB was asynchronous, a significant portion of the update code written would be to check that the data you waned to update had not been updated by someone else.
Then came along OLE and DDE, and before too long after that ms-access type databases. Suddenly we had synchronous communications with the database, somebody else would update data and you would also see it change on your screen.
Then came along the web, and what happened then, we’re back to asynchronous communications with the DB, except instead of relying on dedicated ‘hard’ networks we are relying on HTTP and the internet to get the data packets to the servers to update the database. So its not that mySQL care’s if you request ever succeeds, fails, or is even delivered, that’s the responsibility of the communication protocol.
Like you I wouldn’t trust mySQL to deal with “thousands of ACID tps”, but then I don’t think it was ever designed for that, mySQL is still essentially a single server system, great as a back end for PHPBB on a website or a low volume transaction system but that’s about it.
And don’t dis the 60’s technology either, having worked with nearly all the important databases over the past 25 or so years, I would contend that IBM’s IMS would beat all the other DBs in terms of speed, transaction volumes and functionality, except for one area, it requires a lot more programming effort to use.
> mySQL is still essentially a single server system, great as a back
> end for PHPBB on a website or a low volume transaction system but that’s about it.
Errr - a number of big players use it. Farcebook does, IIRC...
MySQL has its issues, but your statement above really isn't true.
"Let me guess, you get your view from that source of unbiased and objective called Groklaw?"
I take the information on Groklaw, as anywhere, with a suitable pinch/bucket of salt and concentrate on the more factual stuff on it (legislation discussion, transcripts etc).
I also look at the issues, the old Sun and Oracle announcements, the licenses, JCP discussions and coverage and my own opinions as a software developer using similar technology for quite a while.
My particular beef with this is the almost complete lack of context and comparison - hence the request for Ian's take on the first couple of days.
I think you will find, in terms of Groklaw's predictions versus the likes of Florian Meuller's, that Groklaw are currently about 5-0 up and cruising. They also combine their editorial with careful record keeping so you can go to the facts and check for yourself.
Believe corporate shills if you want, it's a free country. Currently.
That unbiased and objective called Groklaw has a huge (or Enorme how you like to call it) collection of legal documents as presented in courts of justice to back their analysis and or predictions. How many of these documents do you find referenced and listed on your preferred websites ? Oh, and in case you don't know, it is the very same Groklaw who sided with Apple in their dispute with Psystar.
"I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of others from Sun in offering my heartfelt congratulations to Google on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform, Android. Congratulations!"
First thing I thought when I read that.
As a techie I've been asked to look at various software options for various jobs and have often made a cursory examination of licences as part of that. I wouldn't have expected my email reports to have to stand up in court - I have always assumed it would be taken as me giving my inexpert and unbinding opinion that we might need to potentially licence something.
I feel a bit sorry for Lindholm. I bet he's wishing he'd added a few more disclaimers like "I'm no legal expert but licensing might be required" :-(
Google told Oracle/BS&F they needed to talk to Andy Rubin about Android at every stage so far. BS&F pressed on with talking to Larry Page and failed to get the answers they wanted, at every stage.
Whether you believe Larry is playing dumb or really doesn't remember and/or wasn't deeply involved, he's stayed consistent. Unlike Larry Ellison who contradicted his own deposition testimony on the stand at least twice.
Of course he's going to look uncomfortable saying 'I don't recall' in front of a jury so often, it doesn't look good. However it's done the job, David Boies seems to have used his time trying to introduce evidence to the case based on Pages answers - and largely failed because the answers weren't forthcoming. At least one report suggests David Boies was looking exasperated at times, the stonewalling was working too well.
At least its Oracles time they wasted ;)
Let's not forget that Larry Page had to face BS&F, the most wicked and the deadliest lawyers on this side of the solar system. When you are in their presence, every breath you take can and will be used to prove you were directly involved in each and every mass murder incident that happened in the last two hundred years. It was this team who helped SCO to drag their feet in court for almost a decade even though their case was rubbish.
Pardon! Florian has been causing trouble for open source as a paid troll for years.
I lay partially at his hands the death of the linux on IPaq effort which begat opie and gpe.
He regular as clockwork trolled the mailing lists for that in a pain in the arse way until all the real developers gave up responding to it. At the time it was a real win CE beater in the making and could have got the jump on what is android now by many years given the development of a suitable phone based hardware platform for it (and it was arm based to boot). I'd love to know when his paid relationship with microsoft began, and if that was his first flourish of success derailing a healthy open source project.
Since then, he's been outed as a paid troll for microsoft while advising clients to pay the linux tax (to SCO, another case he trolled deeply for), and others, and now oracle.
His unbiased opinion of facts is worth about as much as a used mars bar on the floor of euston station for a day...
Please cut off the supply of quoting oxygen which is causing the hot air to emit from florian.
If he'd admitted it 2 years ago when the Reg and other havens of lazy journalism were repeating his assertions verbatim, maybe his BS wouldn't have been taken so seriously.
Now the case is in court and influencing public opinion no longer helps Oracle he finally comes clean?
BTW if you'd watched Florians non stop spewing of biased. employer friendly PR you'd understand the 'ad hominem' attacks have foundation. He's an unreliable source and his motives are widely questioned.
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