Oracle Declines To Vote on Near-Unanimous 'Free JCP' Proposal

JCP Want To Be Independent Body

Jessica Thornsby

According to The Register, just weeks before JavaOne, Oracle refused to vote to make the JCP an independent, vendor-neutral body.

Oracle may have alleviated a few fears with their JavaOne
announcements but, according to a report published by The Register, all is not well in
camp Oracle, when it comes to the JCP. Allegedly, just weeks before
JavaOne and Oracle Open World, the Java Community Process passed a
resolution that called for Oracle to establish the JCP as an
independent, vendor-neutral body with equal membership. The
Register reports that, according to “one JCP member” the vote was
nearly unanimous, expect for the fact that Oracle declined to

In 2007, Oracle submitted a public motion to the JCP Executive
Committee to make changes to JCP governance, stating “it is the
sense of the [JCP] Executive Committee that the JCP become an open,
independent vendor-neutral Standards Organization where all members
participate on a level playing field.” In 2010, it is thought that
Kurian proposed the idea for an expanded executive committee and
for more open elections regarding the JCP. This would mean Oracle
retains power of veto over any changes to Java, and that the
company will not be settling Sun’s and ASF’s dispute over the
licensing of Java Test Compatibility Kits, anytime soon.

The report goes on to claim that the JCP discussed passing a
symbolic vote that would distance the organisation from Oracle’s
against JCP member Google, and its Android operating
system. In the complaint, Oracle referred to the Dalvik VM, which
was engineered by Google to run compiled Java source code on mobile
devices, allowing Google to avoid paying Sun for use of the Java
runtime. It is thought that Dalvik lies at the heart of the
lawsuit, although a list of patents were named (United States
Patents Nos. 6,125,447; 6,192,476; 5,966,702; 7,426,720; RE38,104;
6,910,205; and 6,061,520.)

The Register also refers to “an underlying belief among JCP
members that Oracle should agree to permit Java SE on mobiles.”
Again, Oracle is at odds with the JCP: it prefers Java ME for the
world of mobile development.

The news comes after a fairly successful first JavaOne outing
for Oracle. Despite concerns over the future of NetBeans and
GlassFish, both Adam Bien and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkin expressed the opinion that
these two technologies were covered more thoroughly than at
previous JavaOnes. The news that Oracle would be pulling the plug
on JavaFX Script, but continuing development with JavaFX, has also
met with the community’s approval. The rumour that Oracle refused
to vote to ‘free’ the JCP, is unlikely to meet with such a positive


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