ASF Resigns JCP EC Seat

Dec 10, 2010

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) resigns their seat on the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee (EC).

Yesterday, in both an email and blog post, the Apache Software Foundation posted the Java Community Process Executive Committee seat resignation notice to the community. The resignation comes on the heels of the Java SE 7 vote.

According to the blog post, "The recent Java SE 7 vote was the last chance for the JCP EC to demonstrate that the EC has any intent to defend the JCP as an open specification process, and demonstrate that the letter and spirit of the law matter." The post continues, "To sum up the issues at stake in the vote, we believe that while continuing to fail to uphold their responsibilities under the JSPA, Oracle provided the EC with a Java SE 7 specification request and license that are self-contradictory, severely restrict distribution of independent implementations of the spec, and most importantly, prohibit the distribution of independent open source implementations of the spec. Oracle has refused to answer any reasonable and responsible questions from the EC regarding these problems."

To better understand the issues the ASF has created an FAQ page. More information about this resignation announcement can be found on the website.

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