(Guest blog by Evil Geir)
I think this is brilliant, and now I understand completely what Rich is doing. My alter-ego, Good Geir - who does Apache Harmony - is somewhat bewildered. Good Geir presumes that this is the logical follow-on to the secretly successful but sadly misunderstood "Java Desktop System" product strategy, logically extending it now to the whole company. However, I think he's wrong - it makes perfect sense in the spirit of "go big, or go home". I can't imagine what Sun's partners in the Java ecosystem are going to do, but clearly Rich doesn't care.
(I do wonder if they'll be spinning off their server and microelectronics businesses now that they've finally settled on a business plan.)
UPDATE : This blog was referenced on http://rollerweblogger.org/roller/entry/blogs_on_sun_s_new, but I think that the author missed my point - if the business objective is to unwind the notion of Java as a collaborative ecosystem, and turn it into a one-company product (like .NET), then this *is* a brilliant move. The whole fight with Apache - shafting a long-time Java supporter and valued community member by Sun ignoring their JSPA obligations and public promises for the stated purpose of defending revenue - makes perfect sense in this light. Community be damned, there's revenue here somewhere... As my good-twin Good Geir suggested, just change the "C" in JCP to mean "Customer".