Open source is not about “good enough” clones

This JavaOne was certainly big on client technologies which probably made my friend Romain very happy. Just looking at three announcements it may sound as if these are simply clones to existing technologies: JavaFX is compared to Flash, WorldWind Java to Google Earth and Project Wonderland (and derived MPK20) to SecondLife.

They all have Java in common but that’s not the point. I would argue that community work and openness is what makes plausible the promise of taking existing concepts to a new level. Open source JavaFX runs everywhere, not just in most browsers, but on all platforms. WorldWind Java is not extensible via plugins, it \*is\* a plugin. Project Wonderland is bringing business collaboration to what today is essentially anonymous gaming.

Author: alexismp

Google Developer Relations in Paris.