Internal Google Document Points Out Company’s Investigation Into Java Alternative

Posted Aug 7, 2011

There are a couple of internal documents circulating around the Internet that was not intended to be leaked. The document is known as the “Lindholm Draft” and it features a Google engineer discussing how the Google founders wanted the company to seek technical alternatives to Java for the Android mobile operating system and the Chrome browser. Another document that leaked is by Android founder Andy Rubin.

“What we’ve actually been asked to do (by Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin]) is to investigate what technical alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome. We’ve been over a bunch of these, and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java under the terms we need,” states the document. The document was written last year and this evidence is seen as important by Judge Alsup. Judge Alsup believes that an accomplished lawyer would only need this document and “the Magna Carta” to win the case against Google and prove “willful infringement.”

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) are in the midst of a heavy patent battle over patents.

Supposedly there is another document that is five years old and written by Android founder Andy Rubin that indicates Google should infringe upon Java and see what happens according to Gizmodo. The Rubin believes that if the Android team decided to switch to a non-Java programming language, the company would have to rewrite large parts of their software. This would “[a]bandon our work and [switch to .NET/C#]”.

Going forward Google has decided to suppress evidence from the trial.

[FOSS Patents via Gizmodo]