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Open Source means different things to different people. For some it's a business model. For others it's a way of collaborating. Some see it as a way of reducing costs. And some are out to change the world. That may sound a touch dramatic, but it's a pretty accurate description of the landscape. So let's look at each of these and see if we can't point out something interesting and perhaps unexpected about how Java and Open Source are interacting. Open Source as Collaboration Although people gripe that Sun's Java implementation isn't Open Source (not yet, anyway), huge amounts of work have been done on software that supports the construction of sophisticated applications and platforms that is Open Source, especially under the auspices of the Apache Foundation. Having started as a simple Java servlet runner called Tomcat, the Jakarta project has blossomed into a divers... (more)