Comments on JCP EC Election

The results of the JCP EC elections are now available. We are happy to see that two of our three nominations - Apache and Red Hat - were elected. Our third one - Hologic - was to our regret not.

We would like to thank Hologic and Scott Shapiro for accepting our nomination.  While he was not elected, we believe that the lobbying against him was misguided and rather unfortunate for the community. As we said in response to the lobbying, it seemed obvious to Oracle that our three ratified seat nominations were inclusive of a variety of viewpoints. Perhaps we could have been clearer up-front about our desire for more end-user and business focus when we submitted the Hologic nomination; especially when the seat was a replacement for a strong, constructive, independent contributor voice within the community.  We continue to believe that expanding the voice of business-oriented consumers of Java within the Executive Committee will help achieve the shared goals of Oracle and the Java community.  We will continue working to make this case to the community as we submit another nomination in the near future.

Apache is the home of a huge number of Java related projects including Ant, Derby, Geronimo, Jakarta, Maven and Tomcat (to name but a few). We are very pleased that they have chosen to continue to participate actively in the JCP. And before anyone asks the question, our disagreement around TCK licensing does in no way lower our respect for and desire to continue to work with Apache.

Red Hat has long been a supporter of Java, with important stakes in SE and EE. Our relationship with them is the typical co-opetition model, where we compete in the EE space and elsewhere, have large numbers of joint customers running Oracle software on Red Hat Linux and cooperate on projects such as OpenJDK, where Red Hat is one of the larger contributors outside of Oracle. We nominated them because of their history of valuable contributions to the community, and are looking forward to continue working with them in the JCP on SE, EE and all other areas where we have a common interest.

To Apache, Red Hat and everyone else who was elected - congratulations!

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Henrik Stahl is VP of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle, and is responsible for product strategy for Java ME and SE.

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