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Apache to Oracle: Grant Independent Implementation of Java a License Or It’ll Quit Java’s Governing Body

Apache has hit Oracle with an ultimatum: “The Apache Software Foundation, father of the web’s number-one server and a leader of popular open-source Java, will finish its relationship with Java Community Process if its rights to a license under the group’s governing principles aren’t upheld by Oracle.”

The ultimatum is a significant hardening of ASF’s stance, and an escalation of its fight with Oracle, which actually started three years ago against Sun Microsystems, which controlled the JCP at the time.

Earlier this month, ASF president Jim Jagielski told The Reg it would consider whether it should remain a JCP member if other JCP-ers voted “yes” on Java 7 – the next version of Java under Oracle’s planned roadmap outlined in Sep’10.

On Nov’9th, ASF urged fellow JCP members to vote against that Java 7 roadmap – unless Oracle lives up to its obligations and grants ASF’s Project Harmony a license to use Java Test Compatibility Kit (TCK).

Oracle can meet its obligations very easily, Magnusson added, by providing Harmony with a Java SE TCK license that doesn’t prevent ASF from distributing Harmony under Apache License and comes without any additional terms or constraints from Oracle.


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