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IBM Joins Oracle in OpenJDK Effort

Oct 12, 2010, 22:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"After years of avoidance, IBM is now joining the Oracle-led open source OpenJDK effort. The OpenJDK is an open source reference implementation of the Java platform. By finally bringing IBM into the OpenJDK fold -- something that Sun Microsystems was unable to do -- Oracle is helping to cement its position as the leader of the Java community.

""Looking at the collaboration we'll be doing with Oracle really starts to take away the uncertainly around the future of Java," Rod Smith, vice president, emerging technologies, at IBM said on a conference call with press. "We'll compete on our commercial offerings, but now we'll have another level of collaboration around advancing Java technology. This really does signal to our customers and to open source developers a real long-term support for Java technologies."

"Oracle acquired stewardship of Java when it acquired Sun earlier this year. IBM is coming a bit late to the OpenJDK effort. Open source Linux and middleware vendor Red Hat joined the OpenJDK effort back in 2007. At the time Simon Phipps, then Sun's chief open source officer told InternetNews.com that he was hopeful that IBM would join OpenJDK too."

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