IBM backs OpenJDK
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It's been an eventful week in the world of Java. Yet again, a big announcement has given cause for reflection. As you're all now well aware, IBM, in response to an "olive branch" from Oracle, has decided to back OpenJDK instead of Apache Harmony. Certainly, there are developers, including some at IBM who've been working diligently on Harmony, who are disappointed by this news. But I think it's actually a good move.
As much as Harmony may have represented what is good and fair in the world of Java, it's been supplanted by OpenJDK, which is, after all, the reference implementation. It has become the "true open path" for many developers. Rather than fight that tide, IBM can now focus its efforts on a single, stable platform, which is good for everyone (apologies to the hard core here). This is good news ... unless you're Google. A number of people have asked me (as if I know) what IBM's stance is on the Oracle-Google lawsuit and how that may affect future Android development. I guess time will tell.
I've collected a number of links today re this news, and here are a select few:
I'd be very interested if someone (anyone?) would comment so I know what's going on beyond my own little community, and if you have other information, feel free to include that, too.
And hey, the first of 33 Chilean miners, trapped underground in a collapsed mine for 69 days, just arose to the surface after nearly eight weeks of drilling to get to them. If that's not technology (and true harmony) in action, I'm not sure what is!
Disclaimer: The information and opinions contained in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions or strategies of IBM.