The case for Oracle to cede control of Java SE

The case for Oracle to cede control of Java SE

By | September 3rd, 2017
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Turning over the platform to an open source foundation could broaden the

Java community, but don’t look for it to happen soon


														
							

Now that Oracle wants to turn over leadership of enterprise Java’s (Java EE’s) development to a still-unnamed open source foundation, might the same thing happen with the standard edition of Java (Java SE) that Oracle also controls? Such a move could produce substantial benefits. But it does not seem unlikely, at least at the moment.

Oracle said it has no plans to make such a move. But the potential fruits of a such a move are undeniable.

For one, a loosening of Oracle’s control could entice other contributors to Java to participate more. Java development has had other participants, including IBM, Red Hat, and SAP. But with the current Oracle-dominated setup, other companies and individuals could be reluctant to contribute a lot if they see it as benefiting a major software industry provider—and possible rival—like Oracle.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni