The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has resigned its seat on the Java Community Process (JCP) executive committee (EC) as reported
on the ASF blog. This comes after the EC voted to approve Java SE 7 (on a vote of 12-3
). The ASF had threatened
resignation over the issue back in November. "The Apache Software Foundation concludes that that JCP is not an open specification process - that Java specifications are proprietary technology that must be licensed directly from the spec lead under whatever terms the spec lead chooses; that the commercial concerns of a single entity, Oracle, will continue to seriously interfere with and bias the transparent governance of the ecosystem; that it is impossible to distribute independent implementations of JSRs [Java Specification Requests] under open source licenses such that users are protected from IP litigation by expert group members or the spec lead; and finally, the EC is unwilling or unable to assert the basic power of their role in the JCP governance process.
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