News: Java supporters raise licensing issues in EE6 Vote
The Apache Software Foundation voted against the specification because they contend the spec is a violation of the Java Specification Participation Agreement, and should not be allowed until these concerns have been addressed. The group cited an open letter they had written to Jonathan Schwartz in 2007 summarizing their concerns. Primarily that the spec puts undo constraints on Apache members. You can read the whole thing here: http://www.apache.org/jcp/sunopenletter.html SAP, which has been public of late with concerns on Oracle's acquisition of Sun, abstained because they are concerned about the transparency and efficiency of the licensing process. They said that Sun had not done enough to provide complete copies of the licenses they had intended to use rather than just a summary. Although Sun did produce the full license, it was only at the beginning of the two-week voting period, and SAP did not have time to fully review it. IBM voted yes on the technical merits of the spec, but raised licensing concerns. They advocated licensing models that create a level playing field and that “do not allow individuals or companies to exercise unnecessary control for proprietary advantage.” But then IBM deflected its criticisms by noting that these are not necessarily directed at the current license. Read about the vote here: http://jcp.org/en/jsr/results?id=5025 [Written by contributor George Lawton.]
- Posted by: George Lawton
- Posted on: December 02 2009 11:54 EST
- Re: Java supporters raise licensing issues in EE6 Vote by Mohamed Salihu Mansoor on December 02 2009 12:36 EST
- Re: Java supporters raise licensing issues in EE6 Vote by Andrew Thompson on December 03 2009 20:40 EST
- ... and your point is? by John Burgess on December 04 2009 04:51 EST
Well Java can be at its best if Oracle can handle it properly with its deep experience in IT and Java itself. All we have to wait and watch the first few months of aquisition then can get some idea of where its going to head. I personally/professionally don't want such a massive works behind Java go waste and I don't see its happening at the hand of Oracle but again licensing, terms, etc. has to be watched with commercialized Oracle. We don't have to worry much as Java has strong and deep rooted in most of the Global top companies and will go forever. Good thing is no real language which is really close and chasing Java in its Uniqueness/UserBase/Architecture/Functionality/Feature/etc. to its fullest capability. One big worry is how other big Java supporters like IBM, HP, etc. going to work with Oracle which is an interesting factor to watch in coming months. Long live Java. My other post response but looks good for this too.
seriously? you're copy and pasting your comments between threads? http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=58629#329817
There's nothing particularly new about this - IBM and co have been making similar comments about jcp licensing for a while.