The Apache Software Foundation has threatened to pull out of the Java Community Process because Oracle, which controls the Java group, will not allow the certification of the Apache Harmony project.
The Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) complaint about Java certification goes back three years, to when the organization sent an open letter to Sun, then the technology's main sponsor. As the ASF said at the time, its membership of the Java Community Process Executive Committee (JCP EC) was supposed to allow the ASF to demonstrate the compatibility of Apache Harmony, its own open implementation of Java. However, Sun and now Oracle, which bought Sun earlier this year, have refused to allow certification on terms acceptable to the ASF.
"The ASF will terminate its relationship with the JCP if our rights as implementers of Java specifications are not upheld by the JCP Executive Committee to the limits of the EC's ability," the ASF Board said in a statement on Tuesday. The ASF's move is a protest at what it sees as Oracle's favoring of its own open Java implementation, OpenJDK, at the expense of rival implementations such as Apache Harmony.
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