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Apache Quits JCP, Damns Java as ‘Oracle-Proprietary’

It's also pulling its people out of all JSRs

A disgusted Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee (EC) after failing to incite the rest of the committee to spit in Oracle's eye and hold the Java SE7 spec hostage until Oracle capitulated and gave Apache's open source Harmony project a TCK license for Java SE.

Instead of a mutiny, the EC meekly rubberstamped the Oracle-submitted spec last week. Only Apache and Google, which has got a vested interest in Harmony, voted against it.

As a result, Apache is pulling its people out of all JSRs and says it "will refuse any renewal of our JCP membership and, of course, our EC position."

It says the 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 that by approving Java SE 7 "the members of the EC refused to stand up for the rights of implementers, and by accepting Oracle's TCK license terms for Java SE 7, they let the integrity of the JCP's licensing structure be broken."

"The Apache Software Foundation concludes that that JCP is not an open specification process - that Java specifications are proprietary technology that must be licensed directly from the spec lead under whatever terms the spec lead chooses; that the commercial concerns of a single entity, Oracle, will continue to seriously interfere with and bias the transparent governance of the ecosystem; that it is impossible to distribute independent implementations of JSRs under open source licenses such that users are protected from IP litigation by expert group members or the spec lead; and finally, the EC is unwilling or unable to assert the basic power of their role in the JCP governance process." See http://blogs.apache.org/foundation/date/20101209.

Oracle released a counter-statement over the signature of VP of development Adam Messinger saying, "Apache voted against initiating technical committee work on both SE 7 and SE 8, effectively voting against moving Java forward. Now, despite supporting the technical direction, Apache have announced that they are quitting the Executive Committee. Oracle has a responsibility to move Java forward and to maintain the uniformity of the Java standard for the millions of Java developers and the majority of Executive Committee members agree. We encourage Apache to reconsider its position and remain a part of the process to move Java forward. ASF and many open source projects within it are an important part of the overall Java ecosystem."

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