Does Oracle Want Google To Join OpenJDK?

Jessica Thornsby

Fabrizio Giudici sees the IBM/Oracle deal as proof that Oracle wants Google to be in its OpenJDK gang.

What does the IBM/Oracle deal over OpenJDK, mean for Google?

Android uses a subset of Harmony, using class libraries and the Dalvik Java Virtual Machine. Fabrizio Giudici points out that, although Google has the resources to sustain Android development on its own, this move has left them isolated, especially since the future of Apache Harmony is seriously in doubt, now they have lost their major backer. Fabrizio Giudici tightly links the Google/Oracle lawsuit to the new IBM/Oracle deal, theorising that the lawsuit may have arisen out of Google’s refusal to join IBM and Oracle and the OpenJDK project. “This strengthen others’ and my own idea that Oracle doesn’t really want to shut Android down, but to take it under the OpenJDK umbrella,” he states.

Sacha Labourey predicts that Google is now in a position to potentionally sue Oracle for refusing to grant Apache the appropriate Java SE license, or give Apache a helping hand in sueing Oracle. “I see this as the only remaining open item that could change the game. And if this doesn’t happen, ORCL will have won by KO,” Sacha writes. He isn’t holding out hope that the JCP will reject these new JSRs.

“Unless GOOG initiates a lawsuit against ORCL over the JSPA, I think this is game-over,” he concludes.

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