Winston Gutkowski wrote:
To me, it's more about envy than anything else; and also reflects Oracle's philosophy about Java (something they weren't involved in creating) as "their property".
Personally, I hope the judgement is for some portion of the license fees they may have been due (400m) as opposed to the 8.8g they're going after - which represents all profits that Google have made from using Java in a way that Oracle never thought of. However, since they've specifically decided not to pursue the licensing part of the total, I wouldn't have too much problem with them losing this time around as well.
By contrast, Sun's CEO congratulated Google when Android came out with some comment about rocket boosters.