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Apache Software Foundation leaves JCP - Red Hat in alliance with proprietary corporations

As previously reported here the Apache Software Foundation threatened to leave the JCP if Oracle would not allow the ASF to use the TCK toolkit for usage for the open source project Harmony that is licensed under the GPL.

ASF called for the other members to support them in voting against Java 7 and 8 until Oracle would abide by its contractual obligations as stated by the ASF.

Only Google, which have been sued by Oracle for their usage of Java in their Android OS for mobile phones and an individual member, Tim Peierls have supported the ASP in this vote.

Oracle, HP, Ericsson, Fujitsu, VMware and Intel voted for the approval without any comments, SAP AG, IBM, Eclipse, Red Hat, individual member Werner Keil and Credit Suisse voted yes disagreeing with the TCK situation. Consequently, ASF has followed its threat and has quit the JCP.

Taking this vote also in context with former Sun CEO McNealy, who in a recent interview claims that Sun could only be bought because it hat suffered a "death by open source", it seems that the marriage between corporations and open source is heading more and more to a divorce.

In particular disappointing in this regard is the lack of support by Red Hat, a company that was founded on the work of so many unpaid contributions from the open source community. This clearly shows that while corporation have given contributions to open source, it cannot be assumed that they will reliably support open source.

Hopefully, the open source community will learn from these events and push for more independence as already happened through the Libreoffice project. It also shines a light another time on the problems regarding copyright assignments by independent contributors.

Hopefully, the open source community will learn from this dilemma and fork all projects currently taken hostage by corporations. Such projects will in the long-term cause more harm to open source if not forked than they will benefit the distribution of open source.

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It is really hard to clearly understand these issues that involve both politics and commerce, which can be seen from the article "while corporation have given contributions to open source, it cannot be assumed that they will reliably support open source". I just wish the open source community will successfully learn from this dilemma and fork all projects currently taken hostage by corporations since such projects will in the long-term cause more harm to open source if not forked than they will benefit the distribution of open source.

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