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Polls: Oracle, IBM, OpenJDK; Java on Mac

Posted by editor on October 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM PDT

According to the latest poll, the Java community is reacting positively to the news that IBM will be collaborating with Oracle on the OpenJDK project. A total of 267 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for the past week. Here is the actual poll question and the results:

What's your view of the news that Oracle and IBM will collaborate in the OpenJDK project?

  • 18% (48 votes) - It's the best Java news I've heard in a long time
  • 30% (81 votes) - It's definitely positive
  • 34% (90 votes) - We'll see how it works out
  • 2% (6 votes) - Makes no difference
  • 10% (27 votes) - I consider it a negative development
  • 4% (10 votes) - I don't know
  • 2% (5 votes) - Other

Summing the first three options tells us that 82% of the voters think or hope that IBM collaboration in OpenJDK will produce positive results. Only 10% of the voters consider the collaboration to have a downside (unfortunately, no one took the time to post a comment describing the downsides they see).

New poll: Apple's Java announcement and the future of Java on Mac

The new poll focuses on the Apple announcement that its Java port is being deprecated. This new poll perhaps has a relationship with the previous poll, if one considers the OpenJDK as potentially filling the Java gap that will be left on Mac platforms due to Apple's decision.

The new poll asks What does the announced deprecation of Java from Mac OS X mean for the future of Java on Mac platforms? Voting will be open for the next week.

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Our current poll asks What does the announced deprecation of Java from Mac OS X mean for the future of Java on Mac platforms? Voting will be open through next Monday.

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