Your vote is needed brand name: Jakarta EE or Enterprise Profile — What will it be?

Gabriela Motroc

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The brand name saga —which started in late 2017— is slowly coming to an end. The community was invited to suggest a new name for Java EE and now it’s time to pick the winner: Jakarta EE or Enterprise Profile. What will it be? brand name phase one complete! The community was invited to nominate via a GitHub Issue record and there were a lot of great suggestions but “in the end the selection process effectively boiled down to identifying those names from the suggestions that The Eclipse Foundation can register and hold as a trademark on behalf of the community,” Wayne Beaton wrote in a new GitHub issue.

And the finalists are:

  • Jakarta EE
  • Enterprise Profile

Pick your favorite here. You have until February 23/2018 to vote. 

*Jakarta is used with the permission of the Apache Software Foundation.

What will you choose? brand name recap

Java EE needs a new name and it’s something we can all help with. In November last year, Wayne Beaton, the Director of Open Source Projects at the Eclipse Foundation opened a GitHub issue and invited the community to help choose a new name for Java EE.

The new name for the set of specifications will become “a certification mark in the industry for compatible, independent implementations.The open source projects that fall under the Eclipse EE4J top level project will be one such implementation.”

Name selection process — We’re almost there!

  1. Members of the community will be invited to enter their nominations into the specified channel;
  2. At the end of the nomination period, the names suggested by the community will be reviewed by the PMC to identify those which meet the criteria specified in the by the naming guidelines (depending on response, the PMC may decide to further reduce the list to a manageable size);
  3. The PMC will then initiate a community vote using the CIVS system (which will produce an overall ranking of the choices); and
  4. The results of the vote will be delivered to the EMO(ED) who will engage in the required legal and other trademark searches to ensure that the names are available for use, and consult with the PMC to make the final decision.

No turning back

Earlier this year, the Java EE Guardians published an open letter to Oracle asking them to allow the use of “Java EE” and “javax” packages for EE4J but Oracle’s Will Lyons announced a message to the EE4J community mailing list that the company would not allow the new platform to retain the Java EE name.

Read more about it here.

Eclipse Working Group on the move

The draft of the Working Group charter is now available for community review. You are welcome to share your comments and feedback on the [email protected] mail list.

However, you are advised to read the FAQ first.

As Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation wrote in a recent blog post, “you can think of this group as the replacement for the Java Community Process for Java EE. It will be the body that the ecosystem can join and participate in at a corporate level. Individuals can also join if they are committers on EE4J projects.”

The community review period will last at least 30 days. Since the replacement for the ‘Java EE’ name has not been chosen yet, the name is still subject to change.


Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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