Now that the overall JCP community is backing us by voting Apache Software Foundation as “Member of the year 2007”. Anyone interested in talking about the ASF / Sun / JCP / TCK / JCK issue(s), Please join the jcp-open AT apache.org mailing list by sending an email to jcp-open-subscribe AT apache.org. The mail archives are here – http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-jcp-open/.
First order of business is to figure out next steps now that we have not gotten a response from sun for our open letter.
The only 2 bites we have so far (recent!) is the following meaningless announcement, that was not a direct reply:
“Sun is going to make it easy to certify the compatibility of implementations based on OpenJDK code by granting access to the Java
SE TCKs under a special license, and that in turn will help safeguard the “Write Once, Run Anywhere” compatibility promise for everyone. The
details are still being worked out, but we’re committed to compatibility for Java technology as free software.”
and the following one directly from Jonathan supposedly:
““There is nothing at all right now stopping Apache from shipping Harmony. Nothing, they are free to do so, the code is available they can distribute it wherever and whenever they want…”
This is crazy!! Sun does not want us to test for compliance before we ship? Or no IP rights essential to implementing Java that are delivered by the JCP?