Oracle Accused Of Manipulation As JCP Candidates Are Posted
Who Are JCP-Nominated Hologic?
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.
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.