Oracle Accused Of Manipulation As JCP Candidates Are Posted

Who Are JCP-Nominated Hologic?

Jessica Thornsby
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Oracle’s ‘best buddies’ Hologic turn up on JCP candidates list.

The candidates for the 2010 EC Elections have been posted.

This year, five seats are open per EC, which means ten seats are
up for grabs. This total consists of three ratified candidates per
EC, and two open elected seats per EC. The candidates nominated
themselves for the two open elected seats on the SE/EE EC and the
two open selected seats on the ME EC, earlier this month.

For the ME EC seats, RIM, Samsung and TOTVS/TQTVD are nominated
for the ratified seats, and Stefano Andreani, Aplix Corporation,
Paul Grojean, Pavel Lahoda, and Rahul Tyagi for the open election
seats. Meanwhile, on the SE/EE EC, Azul Systems, Eclipse
Foundation, Google, Fabio Haider, Bob Lee, Liferay, Inc. and Sam
Pullara are up for the open election seats, and Red Hat, Apache and
Hologic for the ratified seats. The latter nomination – Hologic –
has caused some controversy in the community.

Apache and Red Hat are being re-nominated, but Hologic is
replacing Doug Lea. In a blog post, Stephen Colebourne has considered
whether Oracle have deliberately removed Doug Lea, or whether the
decision to exit the JCP was Lea’s choice, before moving onto the
pressing issue of who exactly Hologic are, and why they have been
nominated by Oracle for a place on the JCP. Upon performing a quick
Google search, Colebourne comes to the conclusion that “Hologic and
Oracle are best buddies,” citing plenty of joint Oracle/Hologic
press releases and videos, and an award Hologic have won for their
integration of Oracle products. In the Hologic press release announcing their nomination, the
company refer to Oracle E-Business suite as an example of them
using “systems built on or extended from Java platforms.” This has
led Stephen Colebourne to question “do Holigic deserve to decide
the future of Java because they use an Oracle product?” Although
the press release does also mention that “a certified Java
developer, has worked for Hologic, Inc. for three years and as a
software developer and architect for twelve years,” it is difficult
to decipher just how involved Hologic is with the Java platform.
Even if their involvement is greater than the press release
suggests, Colebourne argues that Google, Eclipse or Azul would all
have been “more representative choices” for the ratified seat.

The vote is now put to JCP members, and Hologic require 50% of
the votes cast in order to assume a position on the JCP. Colebourne
is encouraging the JCP members to vote against Hologic, in which
case Oracle will nominate another JCP member, who will then be put
to the vote. He also advises against voting for Sam Pullara, as he
founded Gauntlet Systems Corporation together with Adam Messinger,
VP of development at Oracle, and has approved Adam Messinger as one
of his 22 Twitter followers. “Sam Pullara looks to be extremely
close to Adam Messinger from Oracle, such that we must question his
independence,” Colebourne concludes.

A list of the candidates is available now.

UPDATE!

Stephen Colebourne has since
updated his blog following a comment from Sam Pullara: “I can state
categorically that I did not speak to Adam about the JCP elections
and that I added myself to the list because I love Java and have
been doing JSR work for 10 years. I can assure everyone that I am
only interested in seeing Java be successful”. Stephen Colebourne
has removed his recommendation for readers to vote against Sam
Pullara, stressing that they must reach their own conclusion on
this matter, although he does make it clear he will not be voting
for Sam Pullara.

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