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Does the "JDK license poll" mean anything?

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leouser
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http://www.java.net/pub/pq/116
Not a question of its worth, but a question of what does it tell us?(well if it doesn't tell us anything, it isn't worth too much).

1. Does it tell us that people who have a vested interest in one of the options are voting? Or is it a good random sample that actually can reflect what people are thinking? Does the fact that its dropped in the Java community qualify as a random sampling?

2. Why does 22%(at this moment) of the voters not want Java open sourced? Im actually surprised the number is so high at this moment. Is it FUD driving that group? Oddly it appears that more people don't want Java Open Sourced than the amount that want it under a GPL license(20%).

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atripp
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> http://www.java.net/pub/pq/116
> Not a question of its worth, but a question of what
> does it tell us?(well if it doesn't tell us anything,
> it isn't worth too much).
>
> 1. Does it tell us that people who have a vested
> interest in one of the options are voting? Or is it
> a good random sample that actually can reflect what
> people are thinking? Does the fact that its dropped
> in the Java community qualify as a random sampling?

Since it's not scientific, the numbers mean nothing really.

>
> 2. Why does 22%(at this moment) of the voters not
> want Java open sourced?

There are lots of reasons. The open-sourcing of Java is debated pretty much non-stop at javalobby.org.

> Im actually surprised the
> number is so high at this moment.

I'm surprised that it's so low!
> Is it FUD driving
> that group?

Yes, probably. Fear of incompatibility, Uncertainty about what will happen when Java is open-sourced and Doubt about whether it's a good idea.

> Oddly it appears that more people don't
> want Java Open Sourced than the amount that want it
> under a GPL license(20%).

That doesn't surprise me. I bet a real poll would show that far more people don't want it open sourced than want it GPLed.

>
> leouser