"The technical specifications for both Java 7 and Java
8 have been passed by the Java Community Process (JCP) in an
executive committee vote. The vote for both JSR-336 on Java 7 and
JSR-337 on Java 8 was 12 in favor and three opposed.
"The new Java 7 and 8 releases will include multiple technical
innovations including new modularity and productivity improvements.
While the majority of executive committee members of the JCP voted
in favor of Java 7 and 8, there are a number of concerns. The most
vocal concerns have come from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
which voted againsts JSRs 336 and 337. Apache's concerns are not
however about the technical merits of Java 7 and 8 but rather about
the open source licensing implications. Those concerns could lead
to a split between Apache and the JCP and potentially the
fragmentation of Java."
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