IBM backs Oracle's Java JDK plans

 

Standards solved, Android marginalised?

IBM on Monday threw its support behind Oracle's OpenJDK (Java Development Kit) plans, abandoning its work with Apache's Harmony Java project - the underlying technology Oracle has disputed Google could freely use in its Android operating system.

OpenJDK was the free open source Java implementation created by Sun in 2006 prior to its acquisition in 2009 by Oracle.

IBM had previously focussed its Java development efforts on the uncertified Apache Harmony project, parts of which were used by Google to allow Android to run Java code.

"IBM will be shifting its development effort from the Apache Project Harmony to OpenJDK," IBM's vice president of open systems and Linux Bob Sutor wrote on his personal blog.

While Rod Smith, vice president, emerging technologies, IBM, said the partnership was good news for enterprise customers, Sutor described Big Blue's partnership with Oracle as a "pragmatic choice".

"It became clear to us that first Sun and then Oracle were never planning to make the important test and certification tests for Java, the Java SE TCK, available to Apache. We disagreed with this choice, but it was not ours to make," according to Sutor.

"So rather than continue to drive Harmony as an unofficial and uncertified Java effort, we decided to shift direction and put our efforts into OpenJDK."

IBM's decision could pose a problem for Google's Android operating system, which, according to InfoWorld blogger, Josh Fruhlinger, relied on Harmony to run Java code.

The main problem - outside the two giants' legal stoush over Android and Java - would be that developers shift attention away from Harmony to Oracle's OpenJDK.

Pappa Java gives it thumbs up

The IBM-Oracle OpenJDK partnership, however, was given a tentative thumbs-up by a small but vocal thorn in Oracle's side - Java language founder, James Gosling.

IBM and Oracle said in its official statement that efforts on the OpenJDK project would focus on the open source implementation of the Java Platform, the Java SE specification, the Java Development Kit and the Java Runtime Environment.

The two also said that Java Community Process (JCP) - the group which ratified new Java specifications - would remain as the "primary standards body".

JCP members, which included Google and almost every major IT and communications vendor, reportedly supported a motion prior to Oracle's OpenWorld conference for the JCP to be "vendor neutral" - a move that was opposed solely by Oracle, according to a report by The Register.

"The JCP logjam has been a huge problem for the last few years, despite many attempts on Sun's part to make progress," according to Gosling.

"Does this break the logjam? Only time will tell, but I'd sure be happy if it does."

Gosling noted that when Sun's attempts to enact an Oracle-IBM style partnership failed.

"When Sun was trying to do this, the Oracle/IBM version of a solution effectively amounted to Sun taking a vow of poverty."

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


IBM backs Oracle's Java JDK plans
 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  20%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1496

Vote