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JCK Access

Geir Magnusson: Today, the Apache Software Foundation sent an open letter to Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, regarding the ASF’s inability to acquire an acceptable TCK license for the Java SE TCK (also called the "JCK") in over 7 months of trying.  For more information, there is also a FAQ available.

I sincerely hope that Jonathan quickly intervenes as he is in a unique position to assess the trade-off between the short term benefits in the credit column against the intangible costs in the debit column of (1) actively destroying the community that Sun has taken so much time and effort to foster, (2) mortgaging the future of Java, and (3) undermining Sun’s own open standards efforts.  Specifically:

Finally, it is my understanding that a number of Sun employees have attempted to help, but were blocked by people higher in the pecking order.  Their efforts are most appreciated.  Keep up the good fight!

Update: JSR-331 (a.k.a. Java EE 6) has been withdrawn.  The vote log for the JSR Review Ballot is enlightening.

Update: Feathercast.


Apache's Open Letter to Sun

Today, the Apache Software Foundation sent an open letter to Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, regarding the ASF’s inability to acquire an acceptable TCK license for the Java SE TCK (also called the "JCK") in over 7 months of trying. For...

Excerpt from Geir's Blog at

This just seems like more Apache vs. GPL/FSF grousing - I don’t understand why Sun has to do anything more than they’ve already done, which is licensed the code under GPL. Apache wants them to make it Apache? Guys, get over it. Move on.

Posted by Barton Aronson at

Barton: by any chance, did you read the letter or FAQ?

Sun is welcome to license their implementation under the license that they chose.  The ASF simply asks for a similar courtesy, as we were lead to believe was possible, and the JSPA requires.

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