Red Hat takes the reigns of OpenJDK 7
A generation behind the current Java release, OpenJDK 7 will now be presided over by Red Hat, which also assumed responsibility for OpenJDK 6 back in the day. The open source contingent of Java will keep on truckin’.
Continuing on their previous takeover of OpenJDK 6, Red Hat will now also be looking after the open source Java implementation, OpenJDK 7. The transition of leadership is meant to allow continued public updates and support for the technology and its users, while “freeing other members of the community to focus on future versions of Java”.
OpenJDK in familiar hands
OpenJDK 7 was the precursor to Java Standard Edition 7 and JDK 7, however Oracle announced in April that it will no longer provide public updates to Java Standard Edition. JDK 8 was released in March 2014, with Java SE 9 due next year.
Despite Oracle writing out the Java 7 obituary, Red Hat have asserted that the continued maintenance of OpenJDK 7 is “vital for the myriad of organisations that rely on the technology for mission-critical enterprise applications and infrastructures”. Their takeover of the project will focus on the further enhancement of OpenJDK technology like Shenandoah and Thermostat.
Red Hat’s Java technical lead Andrew Haley, the chief on OpenJDK 6, will also be heading the OpenJDK 7 project and is noted as an active member of the OpenJDK governing board. Haley was recently successful in securing his board place for another year during the latest OpenJDK election.
Craig Muzilla, Red Hat’s SVP of application platforms business, reasserted the firm’s commitment to the platform in an interview by Paul Krill:
Most application developers, if they build an application based on a particular version [of Java] and they’re going to put an application in production for a long period of time, it could be five, six, seven years, and they’re running on a certain JDK, they want to make sure that there’s somebody behind that.
The end-of-life (EOL) status of Java 7 doesn’t mean that everyone will drop everything and upgrade, which Red Hat acknowledges above. Most Redditors are on board with the importance of further maintenance, too: