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Java wars: IBM joins OpenJDK as Oracle shuns Apache Harmony

Oct 14, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"IBM has announced its intention to join the OpenJDK project, the official open source Java runtime effort that is led by Oracle. IBM's move to take a more active role in OpenJDK could end the company's commitment to Apache's Harmony project, and it should dissolve a long-standing stalemate that has hindered collaboration in the Java ecosystem.

"The Harmony project, which is developed by the Apache Software Foundation, offers an open source Java runtime that is distributed under the permissive Apache license. Sun's controversial refusal to provide critical Java compatibility tests under licensing terms that were suitable for the Harmony project created a divisive feud that polarized major Java stakeholders.

"Sun's position on the issue conflicted with a policy established in 2006 through the Java Community Process (JCP)—the official Java governance body—which affirmed that the licensing terms of the compatibility tests would not preclude third-party open source implementations."

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