Not good news
Guy Steele is a *big* cheese in the language world. I was barely aware of fortress but with him behind it I'd be reassured it was being competently put together.
I'll read up on it a bit more (pointless now it's dying but new ideas are always a win).
Oracle's billions vs a few million a year - if that - on research project with world-class staff. Short sightedness at its finest, god bless capitalism and its firm, steady captains.