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Uh-Oh, Java Trouble Percolating

Add Java to the list of rebellious Sun properties bucking Oracle hegemony

Add Java to the list of rebellious Sun properties bucking Oracle hegemony.

According to the Register, before Oracle OpenWorld the Java Community Process (JCP), the only entity that's supposed to be able to approve changes to Java, quietly passed a resolution demanding that Oracle spin it out an independent, vendor-neutral legal body like Oracle had demanded Sun do back in late '07.

Reportedly only Oracle abstained from the otherwise unanimous vote by such as IBM, Red Hat, Intel, VMware, Nokia, RIM, the Apache Software Foundation and of course Google.

Oracle suing Google over Java probably guaranteed this would happen now. The Java executive board apparently discussed a "symbolic vote distancing themselves from Oracle's prosecution" of Google but didn't.

Oracle has been taking the same tack Sun did when faced with unrest and that's to offer a bigger executive committee and more open elections, a proposal that wouldn't sacrifice its veto power over any changes, or change licensing (especially on the Java Test Compatibility Kits underlining Oracle's dispute with Google), or alter the Java IP policy.

Otherwise Oracle ignored the situation - it reportedly barely talks to the JCP at all and won't meet face-to-face. Instead it trotted out a Java roadmap at OpenWorld that specs JDK 7 for mid-2011 and JDK 8 for late 2012, claiming it had the blessings of developers. Well, given what's going on behind the scenes the Register concludes the plan stands little chance of succeeding. However, it also remembers that an impasse over Java 6 was resolved when Sun suggested the JCP might be dissolved if resistance continued.

That may be what's really in the back of Oracle's mind.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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