Of course the real news was that Red Hat (and many others) were even given the opportunity to be part of the evolution of Java.
This was only possible because a bunch of people (like Simon Phipps), inside and outside of Sun had the clarity of vision, passion and determination to actually make it happen; and in doing so increase the opportunity that Java represents for Sun and everyone else.
Don’t underestimate what courage this took. If you’re in any doubt – go tell your CxO that you want to take one of your most valuable applications; open source it and let everyone in the world benefit from your investment and hard work. Best case – you’ll get put on a medical leave of absence.
Now we just need to work on the JCP