Red Hat Joins OpenJDK

I was very pleased just now to see that Red Hat has announced they are joining the OpenJDK community to work on and use the Java implementation being developed over there. They have signed the contributor agreement as well as the OpenJDK TCK license. I hope we'll see IcedTea become an OpenJDK project as a result of this - the Classpath folk have been doing an awesome job.

Creating an environment with licensing, code and governance acceptable to groups like Red Hat was one of the primary motivations of our choices around OpenJDK, so this is fantastic news all round, and an interesting counterpoint to the approach others have taken in other projects.

Update: Interesting comments from Mark Reinhold, positivity from Mark Wielaard, congratulations from Dalibor, early coverage on JavaLobby. And later still: NetworkWorld, CMP, eWeek (quoting this blog), WRAL, CNet and TechTarget (also quoting this blog, almost) and even later: InternetNews, which includes interviews with me and Shaun Connolly of Red Hat.

Comments:

This is good news for wider availability of Java.

Posted by Tim O'Brien on November 05, 2007 at 01:24 AM PST #

When will the OpenJDK Trademark License[1] be sorted out?

1. http://openjdk.java.net/legal/openjdk-trademark-license.html

Posted by Haren Visavadia on November 05, 2007 at 05:04 AM PST #

Haren: The Trademark License got stuck in lawyer wait. We're in the process of getting it un-stuck and hope to have some results soon.

Posted by Mark Reinhold on November 05, 2007 at 10:14 AM PST #

Hi Simon - you also spoke with me...
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3709236

JBoss's Shaun Connolly also gave me his comments on the deal which were quite insightful as well.

Not surprisingly though IBM still hasn't returned my calls...

Posted by Sean Kerner on November 06, 2007 at 11:09 PM PST #

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