Lets mobilize the community to spread java!
I think now the time has come we all should try together to spread java as much as possible.
The licensing term was one of the last showstoppers that held off me from doing so (of course I was coding java cause theres nothing better for my tasks), I didn't want to put my users into a (possible) trap.
Now this fear is away, replaced by a feeling of doing something good :-)
I think what we would need to help java gain more monumentum (there are way too many users out there running windows without knowing about java at all):
- Build a commuinity, a lot like spreadfirefox.com
- Link a get-java-icon from the webpages
- Use It!!!! Deploy java apps (of course) but maybe we should rethink about applets?!
Maybe we could provide additional features using WebStatr, wouldn't that be great?
I think the community could be a key player here. For now java was mostly used as a tool and java was just a dependency for them, this was also the impression for the users. The _need_ it if they like it or not.
So till now java was nothing people identified themself with (unlike e.g. firefox) - believe me nothing is better in speading software than a strong community ^^
Maybe Sun could help (=mentor) such a project a bit ... I am sure now a lot of guys would help.
PS: Thanks for releasing java. I am sure it was a hard and painful descision - but I guess it was the right one. Thanks!