What has happened in the year since Sun Microsystems released the source code for Java? While end users might be starting to wonder, those most involved in the building of the free Java community describe a thriving community that, after one year, is still working hard to reinvent itself. Free Java projects that existed prior to Sun’s announcement on November 13, 2006, are either integrating into the OpenJDK community or continuing to provide alternatives — but with greater resources in code. Meanwhile, within Sun, Java engineers are overhauling their processes as they learn to interact with a larger community. Problems exist — specifically, the governance of OpenJDK and the need to replace encumbranced code — but, although criticisms can be found online if you search, the mood of those involved in Java development seems optimistic.