Perhaps Tony knows better, but I have a potentially plausible explanation
for Sun being "secretive" about their project:  it may not initially have
been intended for eventual open source development.  In other words, it
could be a failed internal project to create a commercial product.

        Sun's history is, after all, replete with such scenarios (as anyone who
watched all the best OpenStep applications get bought up and deep-sixed by
Sun knows), though not all failures result in open source contributions.

        One hopes that the due diligence process Tony describes ascertains properly
whether it is worth going down the design path already chosen by the code
base, unlike, perhaps, the initial Netscape browser source contributions.

Patrick Rusk

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