Oracle Donating Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation

Sep 20, 2017

Oracle is recommending a new name for the Java Enterprise Edition platform.

Oracle is donating yet another open source technology that it acquired from Sun Microsystems. After discussions with IBM, Red Hat, and a few open source foundations, Oracle has chosen the Eclipse Foundation as the rightful home for the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) platform.

“The Eclipse Foundation has strong experience and involvement with Java EE and related technologies. This will help us transition Java EE rapidly, create community-friendly processes for evolving the platform, and leverage complementary projects such as MicroProfile. We look forward to this collaboration,” said David Delabassee, Software Evangelist at Oracle.

To ensure smooth transition to the new home, Oracle has made certain changes to its proposal.

The company will relicense Java EE technologies and related GlassFish technologies to the foundation. This would include Reference Implementations (RIs), Technical Compatibility Kits (TCKs), and associated project documentation.

Oracle is also recommending a new name and new branding for the platform within the foundation. However, for continuity, the company intends to enable the use of existing javax package names and component specification names for existing Java Specification Requests (JSRs)

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