Apple Falsely Calling Java “Proprietary” Software

There were objections to an Apple TV ad (http://www.asa.org.uk/asa/adjudications/Public/TF_ADJ_44891.htm).

In this dispute Apple justified their claim to “all the parts of the Internet are on the iPhone” by stating that proprietary languages or technologies, such as Flash or Java, were not open source and that Java and Flash were examples of proprietary software they had chosen not to enable on the iPhone.

I am very surprised that Sun has not reacted more visibly (at least I didn’t see anything) to these statements.

According to http://www.sun.com/2006-1113/feature/story.jsp:

13.November.2006—Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations—Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), and Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE)—under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), the same license as GNU/Linux.

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