IBM joins OpenJDK: A big day for Java



Big news today. Wow.

IBM is joining the OpenJDK !

There's already a welcome note, and here's the joint press release, and more here from The Aquarium. But what does it really mean ?

  • It means that IBM will be joining Oracle engineers working on the roadmap for JDK 7 and 8 for OpenJDK.
  • It means that IBM's long involvement in the Java platform can be orders of magnitude deeper than it has even been before.
  • It means that IBMs engineers will be contributing their valuable fixes, code, optimsations directly into the OpenJDK platform
  • It means that OpenJDK will be the primary venue for Java SE impementation code: Direct, open discussions in the mailing lists + quicker fixes + better quality = better code.

And it will still leave plenty of room for Oracle's JDK (which is of course based on OpenJDK code) and IBM's SDK to compete on other aspects of the platform than the core libraries: tuning, tools, deployment and so on.

A new era of co-oper-tition !

There's going to be a bunch more information following today's initial news, stay tuned.

And stay tuned for the long awaited JSR for Java SE. Really coming soon.


Comments:

Cool stuff! A good move for the whole Java community.

Posted by Lars Vogel on October 11, 2010 at 05:38 AM PDT #

What this really means:

\* IBM is giving up on Harmony
http://www.sutor.com/c/2010/10/ibm-joins-the-openjdk-community/

\* IBM and the other JCP members will (I assume) no longer hold up the release of Java7 (i.e. the endorsement by the JCP of JDK7).

http://www.jroller.com/scolebourne/entry/no_more_java_7

Posted by Andy Tripp on October 11, 2010 at 07:46 AM PDT #

"It means that OpenJDK will be the primary venue for Java SE impementation code: Direct, open discussions in the mailing lists + quicker fixes + better quality = better code."

And that right there is what's so deeply sucky about Oracle killing off OpenSolaris. Eh, screw it, I'll just keep an eye on Illumos.

Posted by Dave on October 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM PDT #

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