A while ago when Sun first announced that it was open sourcing the Java platform, Red Hat joined members of the community in voicing their support. In fact they even put a big thank you on their home page.
This morning they've gone even further and turned their kind words into action by announcing that they have signed Sun's contributor agreement (SCA). By
signing the SCA, all Red Hat engineers are now able to participate in
any and all of Sun's Free and open source projects.
Maybe more importantly, and certainly more timely, in addition to the SCA, Red Hat has also signed Sun's Open JDK
Community TCK License and have joined the OpenJDK community.
Iced Tea anyone?
signing the TCK license Red Hat now has access to the test suite (TCK)
to verify that whatever JDK derivatives they create are fully
compatible with the Java SE 6 spec. This is particularly good news for
Free Java lovers everywhere since there still remains 4% of the JDK
code that is encumbered (i.e. owned by 3rd parties who not agreed to
open source their bits). Over the past months, folks here at Sun have
been working quite diligently in clearing these last few hold outs.
the same time our folks have been burning the midnight oil, a bunch of the engineers
with Red Hat/Classpath project have been putting in a lot of time
working on their own completely Free JDK playfully dubbed,
Now with the TCK/SCA in hand this should drive greater alignment
between the two projects and the IcedTea team will not only be able to
contribute directly to OpenJDK, but also test for compatibility.
This is good news for everyone. The desire for a completely Free
JDK, sooner rather than later, is not only of interest to Sun and Red
Hat but was a big topic at FOSSCamp
last week. Now with Red Hat throwing their hat in the ring (sorry, I
couldn't resist the bad pun) things should start happening a lot
sooner to the benefit of GNU/Linux
and other Free distros everywhere.
Thanks Red Hat and welcome!
Pau for now...