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OpenJDK: Who is / will be in Charge?

Posted by schaefa on May 4, 2007 at 9:48 PM PDT

I am delighted that Sun finally decided to make Java open-source and to harvest the ingenuity of developers around the world. In a few days or months the Java source code of the JDK should be available and with a good build system developers should be able to fix long standing bugs or enhancing some of the features.

The only question remaining: Is OpenJDK really open-source?

What do I mean with that. Open-source is not only to make the source code available and it is not enough to let outsiders contribute patches. In my opinion the main question is who is going to control the project and decides which patch goes in or not. Contributing patches is a great way to show your abilities and commitment to the project but if a developers invests a lot of time with good work then he / she wants to gain more access to the project by having write permission to version control, being able to manage other submitted patches and much more.

As far as I can see the only persons with version control access are Sun employees and so Sun still controls and manages the project. If that is the case then I do not call it an open-source project but maybe I am just too early to ask this question but JavaOne is on next week and I would love to get some answers on how Sun indents to run OpenJDK.

See you at JavaOne - Andy

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