IBM Joins Oracle in OpenJDK Effort

Tuesday Oct 12th 2010 by Staff

Partnership could help dissipate some of the uncertainty about the future of Java. IBM has announced that it will join Oracle's OpenJDK project, an open source reference implementation of the Java platform. "Looking at the collaboration we'll be doing with Oracle really starts to take away the uncertainly around the future of Java," said IBM's Rod Smith. "We'll compete on our commercial offerings, but now we'll have another level of collaboration around advancing Java technology. This really does signal to our customers and to open source developers a real long-term support for Java technologies."

IBM said that it made the move at this time because of the opportunity for "real dialog" with Oracle. It also hopes to speed up the process of Java development by working together.

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