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Apr. 7th, 2008 | 09:22 pm

I am looking forward to the dEUS concert on Wednesday in Saarbrücken. It's been a while since I saw them perform live, way before I got involved with the whole Free Software movement, and Java, in particular. They matured well.

Between arguing and struggling for Java to become Free Software, I grew up, too, and learned a lot from many great teachers. And eventually I had to start thinking about the next big step in my life. Fortunately, we've done a pretty good job of turning the Java world on its head over the past half decade in the Free Software community, so there is an increasing number of companies working on projects around GNU Classpath, OpenJDK, IcedTea, Apache Harmony, etc. I was lucky enough to have a few very good conversations with a bunch of them in the weeks since FOSDEM.

To cut a long story short, I am very excited about joining Sun Microsystems on April 15th, as a Java F/OSS Ambassador, following the path of the magnificent Tom Marble. I was looking for a job that would let me influence the future direction Open Source Java is taking more directly. Sun has made a lot of progress in the past couple of years, both as a good corporate Free Software citizen, and as an Open Source company, and I think it's the right place and time for me to do my next little bit to keep pushing Java Libre forward.

I will continue to contribute to the Kaffe project, of course, and I'll continue to be passionate about JCP reform, the ubiquity of the Java toolchain, and growing the pool of projects and contributors around and within OpenJDK.

Now more than ever!

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