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POLL RESULTS: What’s your take on OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11’s transition to Red Hat

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About a month ago, Red Hat announced that it will be taking over the leadership for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 calling out the need for continued support of the technology and community. But what does this mean for the developer community? We asked our readers and the results are in!

Red Hat announced over a month ago the transition of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 over from Oracle.

While this news came as a natural course of events for some, considering the fact that Red Hat has already been the maintainer of OpenJDK 6 since 2013 and OpenJDK 7 since 2015, it was a real shock and disappointment to others who have been raising concerns about the future of Java.

In order to have a more clear view of the community’s take on this news, we asked our readers to share their thoughts.

The results are in and opinions really seem to differ!

Developers are equally scared about Java’s grim-looking future as they are excited about the new opportunities while a significant 20% believes that there is not much of a difference from what happened when Red Hat took over OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7.

The discussion so far

Red Hat’s announcement on stewarding both OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 means that the organization guarantees its support of the Java community with update releases for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 as well as working with the community “to enable continued innovation in Java.” Here is what Mike Piech said:

Java is in a renaissance moment. It continues to evolve and be a key component of new, emerging architectures. There is a developer hunger to bring Java into the next generation of development, and Red Hat is a leader in this movement through our involvement in the OpenJDK project. We are helping to lead the way in our efforts to enable users of JDK to have support and innovation in their existing environments. Red Hat remains committed to Java and is excited to have the opportunity to help steward the OpenJDK community.

Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat

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The discussion on this breaking news has been hitting up on Reddit with numerous people expressing their take on this turn of events.

As mentioned earlier, some people see this transition as a natural course of events, following the transition of leadership from Oracle to Red Hat for OpenJDK 6 in 2013 and OpenJDK 7 in 2015.

What is more interesting to see, however, is while some believe that Java is better off at the hands of a big organization rather than small/mid companies that would not be capable, resource-wise, of caring for OpenJDK, there are many redditors who voiced their concerns about Java and how its future looks rather dark.

Hopefully we’ll see major programming languages NOT be in the hands of a few large private entities, but the trend seems to be otherwise, excluding a few languages.

Most notably, a redditor drew the attention to Michael Azoff statement, featured in the official press release, that more of Java will move out of Oracle and possibly to Red Hat or other organizations.

The future leadership and control of Java is carefully being managed by current Java SE owner Oracle; this care reflects the importance of Java as an enterprise programming language and platform. Clearly, Oracle wants change, and while it owns Java SE it has handed Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, which has renamed it Jakarta EE. Red Hat, a significant contributor to the OpenJDK, has stepped up and is stewarding both OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11, which will converge with the Oracle JDK. My guess is we can expect more news on the transition of Java stewardship over the next few years and I believe Red Hat is a safe pair of hands to take on that role. It’s also a better fit with Java being open source and Red Hat being a leader in the open source software community.

Michael Azoff, distinguished analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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Gino Giuliani
Gino Giuliani
3 years ago

Would have voted but there was no f#ck oracle button

Gary R. Hunt
Gary R. Hunt
3 years ago

Awesome article Eirini-Eleni, nice update on the stewardship of Java.