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Apache, Oracle in Stalemate, Showdown Looms

Oracle has officially responded to the Apache Software Foundation’s attempt last week to foment mutiny inside the JCP

Oracle has officially responded to the Apache Software Foundation's attempt last week to foment mutiny inside the Java Community Process saying:

"Oracle nominated Apache for a seat on the Executive Committee in recognition of Apache's continued participation and valued contribution to the community. The recently released statement by the ASF Board with regard to their participation in the JCP calling for EC members to vote against SE7 is a call for continued delay and stagnation of the past several years. We would encourage Apache to reconsider their position and work together with Oracle and the community at large to collectively move Java forward. Oracle provides TCK licenses under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms consistent with its obligations under the JSPA. Oracle believes that with EC approval to initiate the SE7 and SE8 JSRs, the Java community can get on with the important work of driving forward Java SE and other standards in open, transparent, consensus-driven expert groups. This is the priority. Now is the time for positive action. Now is the time to move Java forward."

The Apache Foundation, in return, dug in its heels and told Oracle, "The ball is in your court. Honor the agreement."

It either gets the compatibility test kits (TCKs) to certify Project Harmony, its breakaway open source version of Java Standard Edition for Linux, and an end to the Field-of-Use (FOU) restrictions on such code or it walks.

Oracle's other more provocative response to the ultimatum was to submit four Java Specification Request (JSRs) covering Java Standard Edition 7 and 8 to the JCP's Executive Committee Tuesday for a vote, with a decision the week after Thanksgiving.

The JSRs are supposed to reduce boilerplate code, add multi-core support and boost dynamic scripting languages.

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