Java is back
Java has been in a state of slow decline, rightly loosing ground steadily to other language/platform choices. Sun’s decision to release the Java language and VM under the GPL changes everything. Sun has realized that licensing under the GPL will provide maximum future innovation with minimum balkanization, and they’re right.
For more detailed commentary, see David Berlind (ZDNET).
It may take a long time to detect the change in momentum (think how long it took to get from Netscape to Firefox), but … Java is back.