Oracle moves to ease developer anguish over Java 7 delay

Oracle is trying to ease fears over its plans for dealing with Java development.

The move comes after a wave of criticism from the open-source community after a few mishaps on the company’s part after it bought Sun in a $7.4 billion deal last year. It’s since angered the web and open source communities by filing a Java patent suit against Google Android and shutting down OpenSolaris.

Adobe jumped on the Oracle backlash at the time claiming that the company had taken the “axis of evil” crown from Microsoft.

And earlier this month the Free Software Foundation (FSF) claimed that Oracle was trying to take people’s software rights away and destroy the Java community.

However, Oracle has now said it will continue to develop the Java Development Kit (JDK) as open source under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).

Oracle employee Henrik Ståhl, wrote in a blog post: “There seems to be a lot of questions around Oracle’s plans for OpenJDK. Let me try to shed some light on this topic to dispel any concerns…

“Oracle will work with the OpenJDK code base and the OpenJDK community like Sun did. We will continue to develop the JDK in the open under a GPL license. We welcome the cooperation and contribution of any member of the community – individuals as well as organisations – who would like to be part of moving the most widely used software platform forward.”

The company also moved to allay fears earlier this month with Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, writing on his blog: “It’s been clear for some time that the most recent JDK 7 development schedule is, to put it mildly, unrealistic.

“We created that schedule over nine months ago, prior to the acquisition of Sun by Oracle. The post-acquisition integration process took longer than any of us anticipated, unfortunately, but we’re now ready and able to focus on this release with a larger (and still growing) staff which will continue to work in the open alongside other contributors.

“Our present best estimate is that we could complete, test, and stabilise the planned work in time for a release around the middle of 2012.

Oracle declined to comment. Though a friend tells TechEye that the schedule had only been unrealistic because of the acquisition