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Oracle turns the page

Oracle pulls the plug on Java.net and Kenai.com

Gabriela Motroc
Oracle
www.kenai.com

Java.net and Kenai.com were considered for many years the go-to community and hosting sites for projects. With its latest announcement, Oracle proves once again that nothing is everlasting. Both Java.net and Kenai.com will cease to exist on April 28, 2016 —fact which sparked discussions within the community.

Oracle announced the decision to discontinue both Java.net and Kenai.com in a brief message which reads: “The Java.net and Kenai.com forges will be going dark on April 28, 2017. Project owners can request a copy of project assets and a redirect to a new website by filling out the request form below. Please read the instructions below carefully before making your request. The process is automated and limited to only one request for project assets and/or redirect.”

More details

According to the announcement, for those who request their project assets, Oracle offers “such project assets ‘as-is’ without any warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.” Oracle also revealed that it is “not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, including but not limited to reliance, cover, or loss of anticipated profits, even if you have been advised of the possibility of such damages, or any other damages relating in any way to such provision of project assets under any legal theory, whether contract, tort, product liability, breach of implied duty, or otherwise.”

 The Kenai.com site will be closing permanently on April 28, 2017. If you are a project administrator you can follow instructions located here to get a copy of project assets and a redirect to a new project home at the location of your choice.

Community reacts

The community is not happy with Oracle’s decision to pull the plug on Java.net and Kenai.com. While David Sharpe, a software developer at CGI opined that “most developers, including ‘Java Champions,’ have migrated to GitHub and the like years ago and […] Oracle would be wasting time to invest in Kenai,” others like Dave Fecak, founder of the Philadelphia Java Users’ Group judged that “these sites were a golden opportunity for Oracle to try and build some community instead of essentially ignoring it.”

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