Friday, December 10, 2010

ASF Resign Form The JCP Executive Committee

After 10 years serve the Executive Committee(EC), Apache Software Foundation(ASF) resign from it following two other EC member, Doug Lea and Tim Peierls. Here's a quote from the ASF blog as explanation of ASF:
The recent Java SE 7 vote was the last chance for the JCP EC to demonstrate that the EC has any intent to defend the JCP as an open specification process, and demonstrate that the letter and spirit of the law matter. To sum up the issues at stake in the vote, we believe that while continuing to fail to uphold their responsibilities under the JSPA, Oracle provided the EC with a Java SE 7 specification request and license that are self-contradictory, severely restrict distribution of independent implementations of the spec, and most importantly, prohibit the distribution of independent open source implementations of the spec. Oracle has refused to answer any reasonable and responsible questions from the EC regarding these problems.
At this situation, I think the next of JDK is not open source anymore. But in the positive side, Java will be better developed under Oracle.

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