Formal board meeting minutes from 2010 through present. Please Note: The board typically approves minutes from one meeting during the next board meeting, so minutes will be published roughly one month later than the scheduled date. Other corporate records are published, as is an alternate categorized view of all board meeting minutes.
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors had deemed it to be in the best interests of the Foundation and consistent with the Foundation's purpose to establish the office of "VP, JCP" and WHEREAS, that the office of "VP, JCP" had been created, the person holding such office to serve at the direction of the board as primary liaison with the Java Community Process (JCP); and WHEREAS, Geir Magnusson Jr. had been appointed to the office of VP, JCP and WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the board that this office and position should be dissolved NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Geir Magnusson Jr. is relieved and discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office of VP, JCP, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the office of VP, JCP is dissolved. Special Order 7A, Dissolve VP, JCP Office, was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.
No report was submitted.
No report was submitted.
no report was submitted
AI: Geir prepare to discuss termination of VP, JCP at next board meeting
Nothing to report this month.
The board discussed whether or not this office should be continued. Geir is still trying to get licensing of the TCK's done. General discussion as to whether or not the ASF (as an entity) was going to continue to claim that Tomcat was a compliant implementation, and therefore continue to pursue obtaining TCKs on behalf of the ASF.
AI: Jim to bring this up on the board list.
Very quiet month. Only actions in progress is trying to restart the process with Oracle to get new TCKs. Post-acquisition, it appeared that Oracle's legal team was focused on revenue-producing activities rather than any JCP obligations related to TCK licensing. I've been invited to restart the process and am doing so.
Continues to be quiet with nothing requiring board attention. Community continues to actively use TCKs for those that we have licensed, and updates to SVN repo of TCKs happened (thanks Mark!). Have reached out to Oracle again about getting new and updated TCKs - there was a 'freeze' by Oracle legal a while ago and we may be able to restart the process.
Nothing to report :) Community use of TCK materials and maintenance going smoothly
Jim: Is this office still needed, since not much happens now that Apache is no longer a member?
Nothing of interest this month. TCK support for projects is going well, with all traffic on jcp-open@. There are no issues that I'm aware of at this time.
AI: Geir to update http://www.apache.org/jcp/ to reflect our current status with respect to the JCP.
Nothing to concern the board at this time. There has been steady usage activity of currently-licensed TCKs. ASF community is self-supporting on maintenance of our TCK repo. There has been some discussion between MyFaces and Oracle re self-certification and the MyFaces PMC is handling it.
A report was expected, but not received
No report was received.
No written report was submitted, but a brief oral report was given. There was one request for a TCK.
Oracle as nominated "SouJava", the massive Brazilian Java User's Group, to a seat on the JCP Executive Commitee. Some phrase it as "Apache's seat". I've offered to be a rep for SouJava :) Other than that, things are quiet - the transition out of the JCP has caused no major problems for our communities (that I can tell).
Nothing to report other than PMO is closing down our JCP membership, and current EC members representing the JCP are working out what they have to do w/in their PMCs and ECs
The ASF formally resigned from the Executive Committee of the JCP on Thursday, December 9th. We also stated we are withdrawing from the activies of the JCP - namely formal participation by representatives of the ASF on the expert groups of JSRs. The message was clearly delivered, and I'm still working on some of the administrative mechanics. I believe this was the right move for the foundation to make, although it should be clear that this is a disappointment to all that have worked hard of the last 8-10 years to make the JCP an open and transparent organization for creating Java standards. I'm very proud of how the ASF handled this, both as an organization as well as individuals, and there continue to be great conversations going on about this in the community. Going forward, I'd like to remain as the VP, JCP in the near term to continue handling our remaining JCP connection - JSR implementation - as well as deal with further conversations with the community and Oracle, as I expect both will continue for some time. This was a major event in the history of Java, and I'm fairly convinced that the story isn't yet complete.
Focus has been on one subject since the last report, namely the upcoming JCP EC vote on Java SE 7 and 8. In addition, I'm pleased to report that the ASF has been ratified for another term on the EC with a large show of support of the voters. There has been a bit of interaction with the press on this subject and overall, we've done well handling it. We've put out a public statement regarding the ratification of the EC seat, as well as a call to action for the EC regarding the vote for Java 7 : https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/statement_by_the_asf_board1 The vote has started today (Tuesday, November 16, 2010) and I plan to : 1) Vote 'no' with an explanation of why 2) Engage the press on our 'no' vote and explanation 3) Write to the EC as a whole and provide a clear explanation/review of our position, mainly for those that are new to the EC or simply confused by the complicated nature of the dispute (as well as the calculated FUD). I'll also publish this statement publicly as well. 4) Prepare a statement for publication for either possible outcome of the vote. I also plan to do some personal blogging on this matter, and will make it clear it's not the position of the ASF. This has been a long and arduous journey for all of us, and I've been honored to be able to serve the foundation in this manner. Thanks to all for the support over the years. It hasn't been boring :)
JCP Face-to-Face ================ Two weeks ago, I attended the quarterly meeting of the JCP EC in Bonn, Germany. It was an extended meeting - scheduled to last 2 full days - and the main agenda item was the ongoing Apache- Oracle dispute over the TCK licensing for Java SE. Since the acquisition of Sun by Oracle, Oracle has held off giving any response to the ASF regarding this issue. At the meeting, Oracle stated that with respect to the ASF's request for a TCK license for Java SE, they would be continuing Sun's policy of refusing to offer a TCK license without the "Field of Use" restrictions. These "Field of Use" restrictions limit how and where a user can use a compliant, tested version of Apache Harmony, and further, requires that the ASF notify users of these restrictions. Obviously, such limitations aren't compatible with any open source license, and thus we have to reject Oracle's terms. In addition, Oracle announced that they were committed to getting Java SE moving again, and would soon be filing JSRs for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8. They further informed us that they will be moving Java forward - if the EC doesn't allow those JSRs to proceed, they would be moving Java forward in some other way. (Another way to interpret this is that the ECs votes really don't matter here.) To summarize the ensuing discussion, it's clear that there is quite a bit of support in the EC for getting Java moving again and EC members are willing to support the JSRs when they are filed. Many of the EC members see that the risk to Java not moving due to the stalemate over the licensing is much higher than the risk to Java by allowing Oracle to continue with its breach of contract by not complying with the terms of the JSPA. It's clear that many who have supported our position will be voting for the SE JSRs. They still claim to support our position, but various factors are forcing the switch in their vote. I will continue to lobby for support of our position - that Oracle isn't complying with the rules of the JCP, and therefore shouldn't be allowed to create new JSRs until the problems are resolved. There is an open question that needs to be resolved - there are members that believe they can't in good conscience vote for a Java SE 7 JSR because Oracle's behavior violates the JSPA, yet they don't want to be put in the position to vote against the resumption of progress in Java. To that end, I've asked on behalf of those members that before the JSRs are filed, we (the EC) discuss that specific issue. There is a conference call on this topic right before the board meeting this week and I can report on that verbally at the meeting. To that end, I may be a few minutes late (the call overlaps the board call by 30 min). Re-nomination for JCP EC Seat ============================= The ASFs 2-year term on the JCP EC is over in November, and Oracle has re-nominated the ASF for the EC seat. After consulting with the board and membership, I've accepted the nomination on behalf of the ASF. Miscellaneous ============= There has been a lot of internal discussion on board@ and members@ regarding the Oracle decision, the re-nomination, and our future in and around the JCP. I think that this is a healthy airing, and will help us together decide on the road forward depending on the Java 7/8 votes, the EC seat election, and related. With the announcement that IBM will be moving its corporate support from Apache Harmony to OpenJDK, there has been some concern and questions on how this will affect the project, and further, speculation on how this affects JSRs and the JCP. I'd like to state that the ASFs work on JSRs and the JCP is independent of any single project and any entities contributions to a project. On board@ we've been putting together a public statement related to the IBM announcement, and it's almost ready for distribution or release.
late - will give verbal if allowed. Nothing to report - no real news from JavaOne. Expect real news from the October 2 face to face.
From a formal JCP POV, another quiet month. There was a JCP monthly concall and there's nothing to report. Tangential to formal JCP activity, Oracle is suing Google for patents and copyright that they claim are infringed by parts of the Android stack. This is relevant to us as Google is a contributor to and user of Apache Harmony. As there is ongoing discussion w/in the foundation I don't believe there is anything appropriate to report as VP, JCP to the board regarding this matter at this time.
Approved by general consent.
There is nothing new to report - Oracle continues its internal discussion and review of the JCP and their plans for it and the Java community, and incorporated in that is the discussion over Apache's Java SE TCK request. There may or may not be a JCP conference call today (Tuesday, July 20). I spent a few minutes with Paul Krill of Infoworld providing an overview and update of the situation with Oracle and with the broader Java ecosystem in general. The internal JCP TCK support system is working well. We have one outstanding license request to Oracle, but at the moment, their lawyers don't appear to be looking at them.
Truly a sad month. Bright side is that the new repo of TCKs seems to be working well, all thanks to Mark and Daniel et al. Dark side is that Oracle unilaterally cancelled the quarterly JCP f2f meeting that was to be held next week. I suspect that was a great lesson to the new EC members in what the JCP is really about. Dim side is that we've asked (again) for the EL TCK. Oracle confirmed receipt of the TCK license application, but internal sources tell me that the Oracle lawyers won't treat it with the priority that the Sun lawyers did (the best of which have either left or have been eaten by the ORCA lawyers). Also helped out with an article in The Register - key point is that we can't let people think that the dispute is over if we get the TCK under an open source license - the dispute is over whether or not Oracle will allow us to test Apache Harmony with the TCK and still distribute under the Apache License with no additional terms or conditions, express OR implied.
Geir clarifies that this shows that the power of the EC is only to approve or deny JSRs.
Two things to report. On the positive side, the new approach to managing the TCKs seems to be going really well. Kudos to Mark, Daniel for the main work, and lots of others for input. On the down side, the recent JCP con-call resulted in no progress on the Apache-Oracle Java SE TCK dispute. Oracle continues to claim that they are working on the issue, consulting with others in the broader Java community, and need more time. Our frustration with this position is widely shared within the EC as everyone wants to get this and related JCP bugs past us and move forward. My personal theory at this point is that some entity has some kind of significant claim on IP or a contractual obligation that Oracle needs to figure out how to manage if they do give us the TCK license. I do believe that Oracle understands the predicament that Java/JCP is in right now due to this issue and they are putting up with a lot of pressure for a real reason. On a final note, it was pointed out that 2010 is the year we've discussed as being the year we move away from NDAs for materials for project use. I'm fully in support of this but would like to get to the end of the current Oracle fight before picking a new one. It may be the case that the issue is moot - if we can't resolve the Java SE TCK issue, I believe that will mean that implementing Java technology in open source really isn't possible to do in a safe manner, and the ASF should simply stop doing it.
A number of board members concurred with the "one fight at a time" approach.
Only board level issue was the recent (yesterday) discussion of getting better service for TCK and related materials. Daniel Kulp and Mark Thomas have volunteered to assist, and have some good, fresh ideas on what we can do with the new LDAP-based auth we have. I look forward to this situation getting better. In the non-news section of the repot, Oracle is still pondering their navel with respect to the dispute over the Java SE TCK license for Apache Harmony. They had expected to give us an answer at the beginning of April, but indicated ahead of the JCP EC call that they had nothing to report, so the meeting was cancelled as we have very little to talk about otherwise. Oracle's claim is that they are reviewing and planning what to do with us in the context of a larger change (or not) to the JCP and Java ecosystem. Oracle has had a very clear public position in support of Apache's assertions regarding the TCK license for Java SE, and I hope that now that they are in the position to take real action on the matter that they act in a way consistent with that public position and put this matter finally to rest for the good of the Java ecosystem.
Dan indicated that he is happy with the progress.
Spoiler : no progress on the Java SE TCK issue. General : Quiet with standard traffic of TCK-related support for projects. EC : Apache was the first 'no' vote on the Public Review Reconsideration Ballot (the JSR failed the first Public Review Ballot) and was eventually joined by Google, Doug Lea, Oracle, Intel, Tim Peierls and Ericsson. This is notable (for us) because it was explicitly for technical reasons (they had no FOU or other license issues), and also it resulted in the termination of the JSR. We voted no because the spec lead intended the JSR to go into Java SE, and I felt that various factors such as technical quality and completeness made this something that shouldn't happen. We also had the first EC call with Oracle, the new Corporate Master of the JCP, where Oracle provided us with an outline of their plans and intentions going forward with the JCP, and a few words on the running dispute with Sun/Oracle on the TCK license for Apache Harmony. In short, now that the acquisition is finalized, they are reviewing all pertinent material related to the TCK, and will get back to us around the end of the month or shortly after. While this wasn't unexpected, I and other EC members did voice our frustration over the fact that Oracle has had a very clear and supportive position with respect to the Apache/Sun Java SE TCK dispute for a number of years now, and we couldn't understand what they could possibly be thinking about. That said, I don't recommend any action until we hear from them around the end of the month.
Geir confirmed that the Public Review Reconsideration Ballot was for JSR 275.
Two items of major interest this month. First, the EU dropped it's opposition to the Sun acquisition by Oracle, and as of last week of January 2010, Sun is a wholly- owned subsidiary of Oracle. I understand that starting this week or next, the transition of employees from Sun to Oracle will begin, completing the process as we civilians would understand it. In terms of the TCK license, I've spoken to the Oracle EC rep and he assures me that he's pushing for the issue to get attention, but the process of digesting 25,000 employees and several duplicate and new businesses has people preoccupied. I expect that we'll get some information from them in the next few weeks. Don has promised he'd keep me updated, and I certainly will be pressing on him for information. As for other things, we've had a few TCK requests (updates) and some new TCK requests, for which I'm figuring out who to request from at Oracle.
There continues to be activity and interest around TCKs, recently around the shrapnel from Java EE 6 spec completion - servlets, JavaEE, JPA, et all. There's an request for the EL TCK, which I thought we'd have, but Sun has now informed me we need to get a separate license so I will do so. I attended the January JCP EC F2F in Santa Clara. I presented our model of Incubation to the group - there's been some recent interest in 'incubators' as a possible way of helping specs get started, so I described the Apache model in a session that included the Eclipse incubation process as well as W3C. I also gave an session to the newest EC members for both ME and SE/EE on the Apache/Sun dispute.
Geir didn't see any significant shifts in EC member support.
Quiet period again - don't expect much to change until the ORCL/JAVA merger completes. Recent news reports contend that the EU regulators are "softening" their stance. I have no idea what this really means. Had the monthly JCP EC conference call. Nothing of interest to report. Will attend the F2F next month in CA. The ASF voted against a suite of JSRs related to Java EE 6, including the Java EE 6 JSR as they are led by Sun, in accordance with the ASFs policy that EC members that don't comply with the spirit and letter of the JSPA should not lead JSRs. There were two press followups, one that was answered in writing with CC to PR, and the second a 2 second phone call in which I confirmed the reason. Other than the usual flow of requests for TCKs and updates, there's nothing else to report.
Another slow month while the world breathlessly awaits the decision of the EU re the ORCA deal. JCP activity has been light - a few NDAs, a few TCKs. There was an excellent blog by the CTO of SAP regarding the need for Java to be free. http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/wlg/16648
Open Foundation for JCP to be covered as a discussion item.
Like watching a beloved pet die, the stasis of the JCP continues. There's very little to report at the moment. Standard TCK update support continues. I attended the latter part of the monthly JCP EC conference call. Only thing to report is that it's business as usual with regards to ORCA and JAVA. I'll be presenting on our incubator process at the next meeting along with Eclipse as the JCP is exploring the topic.
The hiatus continues - the JCP is for all intents and purposes in a bit of stasis waiting for Oracle's acquisition of Sun to complete. The official line is that for trust reasons, we're to continue to work as if nothing is happening between the two companies. It doesn't appear that anyone, including the principals in the deal, is buying it, so we do very little. I recently attended the quarterly Exec Committee face-to-face meeting. I don't recall anything of real relevancy to report other than ME vendors working to try to re-establish life to the ME platform. In the age of Android where average devices are capable of running a SE-like stack, I don't think that they're on the right track, but that's not an issue for us or our communities at the moment. Other than that, it's been quiet. There are random requests for TCK support, we've completed a questionnaire from the EC regarding the ORCL/JAVA merger, and recently received a follow-up that I need to get to legal-internal@ and complete this week. Also, the agreement between Sun and the ASF regarding a blanket fix to the Draft Spec License limitations is signed and delivered to Sun, so that issue is closed.
A few major things. First, we've received implicit approval from legal-internal for an agreement with Sun that fixes the draft spec license problem in general. The problem is that the standard draft spec license limits distribution of the implementations, and that's not acceptable to us. Second, we've received and completed a questionnaire from the European Commission's Director General for Competition regarding Oracle's acquisition of Sun. We have completed the document on legal-internal and I have submitted the document back to the EC. We've asked that we can publish the document in it's entirety, but they've asked that the document itself isn't distributed. I'll find a way to publish our answers on the JCP section of the website. Finally, Sun has delivered the early access version to the Java EE 6 TCK, which has been given to interested parties.
Very slow month. Sun is in hibernation or brown dwarf or whatever happens to suns when they lose energy. The main outstanding issue is getting JPA spec license wording resolved. This is an issue that we've solved before, namely with the Oracle-led Java Server Faces spec. With that license, Sun worked with Oracle to change the wording to remove the usage limitations of implementations. Sun agrees with us in this case that the wording should be changed, but haven't yet been able to secure a written statement to that effect. I will keep trying various ways to get this in writing. Update 2009-07-15 : Sun has promised the necessary documentation by fax today. I'm eagerly awaiting the completion of the Sun acquisition by Oracle so we can get a final decision on the Java SE TCK license. Also, I spent a few minutes on the phone with an attorney working for SAP who was interested in our POV on the TCK licensing dispute. I've had no other inquiries regarding that.
Jim re-confirmed that it was his intent to add W3C to the board schedule.
The Apache Software Foundation was the recipient of the 2009 JCP Member of the Year Award. This is the 3rd time we've been selected to receive this, and I think it's nice recognition for the work that we all do in the JCP, including engagement and activism on the EC, direct participation in expert groups, and building, testing and distributing leading implementations of the specifications. In terms of the Sun acquisition by Oracle and any news we have from there regarding the future of the JCP or our current dispute with Sun over the Java SE TCK, I can only report that I have nothing to report. Oracle practices exceptional message control (except when Ellison speaks at conferences, it seems) and so far I have no information regarding the future. Oracle has always been a prominently outspoken supporter of our position and cause, and while I'm hopeful that will continue in the future, remember that power comes from the barrel of a gun. They now have the gun. Elsewhere, I'm still pursuing an action item to get the language for the JPA draft spec license fixed - Sun is aware, Sun agrees but an official letter or such has yet to materialize. I will keep pushing. There are also some outstanding requests for updated TCK materials which are being attended to.
Unrelated to the JCP, we discussed how to handle W3C reports. Jim indicated that W3C will be added as a monthly report.
Quiet month. Two outstanding issues were getting the TCK for JSR-196 and resolving a spec license wording issue for OpenJPA. The former is complete, and the latter is in process - I've heard from Sun that they understand and will fix, and am waiting for a formal suggestion for the fix from them. Last week was the quarterly JCP EC face-to-face meeting, this time held in Hursley, UK. I attended in person, and there is much to report back. It was nice to see the other EC members again, Winchester is a lovely town, with buildings twice the age of my home country, the IBM Hursley campus is a grand place with a rich history, and that's about all there is to report. I've asked Oracle if they could provide a statement or other form of guidance regarding their intentions going forward wrt Java, open standards, etc (IOW, the TCK...) if their acquisition of Sun does complete, and Oracle's representative said he'll do what he can. Both companies involved, as well as other EC companies, are very concerned with ensuring that business-as-usual continues until the aquisition completes, if it completes. (Translation : maybe we'll get something, but it's up to Oracle lawyers) In other news, the Apache Software Foundation was nominated for JCP Member of the Year again. Results will be announced at JavaOne in the first week of June.
In anticipation of Sun's "VP of all things Java" Jeet "Darth" Kaul's meeting with the Java EC on 4/7/09, I proposed the following motion for a vote by both the SE/EE and ME EC's : Resolved: It is the position of the EC that: TCK licenses must not be used to discriminate against or restrict compatible implementations of Java specifications by including field of use restrictions on the tested implementations or otherwise. Licenses containing such limitations do not meet the requirements of the JSPA, the agreement under which the JCP operates, and violate the expectations of the Java community that JCP specs can be openly implemented. The vote was : SE/EE : 14-1 (with one vote not counted for process reasons) ME : 15-1 I probably can't report the actual votes of each company since this was an EC-level referendum, but you can probably guess who voted no on each EC. After the discussion with Jeet at the monthly EC meeting, I'm starting to seriously consider ideas that explore the concept of an alternative to the JCP. In other news, the TCK that there is a request for (JSR-196) has completed the licensing process (it was lost several times inside Sun), and we are waiting for the binaries. I do have an outstanding issue re fixing the draft license for JSR-317 for OpenJPA. Apologies to all involved. This is doable as we did it for MyFaces.
We're starting to see resolution to the outstanding requests for TCK's from Sun. The request for JSR-200 (Network Transfer Format of Java Archives) was denied - it is part of Java SE and not considered a separable TCK. The request for JSR-196 (JASPI) has been lost inside Sun. I'm going to attempt to get the do-over fast-tracked at the end of this week. The request for JSR-311 (JAXRS) is complete and the TCK available to us. There has been a bit of discussion in the community about the Apache/Sun fight over the Java SE TCK, triggered by our "no" vote for Java EE 6. For example : http://java.dzone.com/news/apache-and-sun-still-not http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/05/sun_enterprise_java_opensource/ Finally, I requested an EC vote on the following resolution to take place immediately. I expect it to be part of the public minutes : Resolved: It is the position of the EC that: TCK licenses must not be used to discriminate against or restrict compatible implementations of Java specifications by including field of use restrictions on the tested implementations or otherwise. Licenses containing such limitations do not meet the requirements of the JSPA, the agreement under which the JCP operates, and violate the expectations of the Java community that JCP specs can be openly implemented. This is in response to a simply awful article on Sun, Harmony and changes in the JCP where Sun positioned the current situation as having EC backing because the EC made the current rules. http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-03-2009/jw-02-opening-up-jcp.html
A much quieter month than last. 1) As strange as it sounds, the ASF lost at least 2 allies in Sun's recent layoffs with the departure of Onno Kluyt and Ray Gans. While they certainly executed the Sun official agenda regarding our struggle over the Java SE TCK license, they did work internally to try to bring about a sane resolution for us. I'd like to officially note my appreciation. 2) The problem with securing licenses for new TCKs from Sun seems to be clearing up. The license process is moving forward. We're still stuck on what to do about a license for JSR-200 ("Network Transfer Format for Java Archives") because it's part of the Java SE TCK and therefore no separate TCK is available, but Sun is looking into it. 3) We have interest in ASF representation on JSR-294 ("Improved Modularity Support in the Java Programming Language") from two people, Alan Cabrera and Karl Pauls. We'll try to get both on the EG.
Geir confirmed that it wasn't particularly "exceptional" to have multiple people representing the ASF on a single JSR, it's up to the spec lead.
Things of interest : 0) At request of the JCP EC from the last quarterly meeting, Onno Kluyt of Sun and myself met in NYC to discuss the TCK dispute and see if any forward progress could be found. While we had a nice lunch, and it's always nice to see Onno, nothing was achieved. Sun still believes that it's critical for their business to force us to post the NOTICE (implying, to me, that Sun certainly believes that the NOTICE will materially affect our users - logically, there could be no other reason for them to persist with this destructive dispute.) I iterated our position that we only distribute software under the Apache License, and because the NOTICE would be adding additional terms to that license, it was unacceptable. 1) Quarterly JCP EC Meeting : I attended by phone (there were several that did). Amazingly, the Apache-Sun TCK dispute is still a hot topic. I reported the lack of progress from my meeting with Onno, and participate in a general, sometimes heated, discussion. I iterated the following points : * This is an active dispute - it is not something of only historical nature, and thus any proposal attempts to fix Java SE licensing in the JCP must address current, active, ongoing problems * Apache's position is that implementors should be able to distribute implementations under terms that they choose, and Sun trying to limit the license under which the ASF distributes it's software is no different from Sun telling a competitor how much to charge or what markets are acceptable, neither of which would be tolerated. * Apache isn't looking for an open source TCK or the right to distribute the TCK to anyone else - it would be only for our own use in the Harmony project. We have always worked with Sun's closed source TCKs under confidentiality constraints as specified by Sun. * Apache would have a tough time trusting any statements from Sun about future licensing as our experience with the Java SE TCK shows that while such statements may be made with the best of intentions, Sun has demonstrated that commitments may not be met. 2) TCK Access : We're having a little trouble getting new TCKs for other projects. I currently have 2 outstanding scholarship requests and 1 granted request where the paperwork has been difficult to complete. I normally wouldn't bring this to the board's attention as I am not looking for board assistance on this, but given the tender nature of the relationship between Sun and Apache, I thought I would note it for the record. I plan to get to the bottom of this and report back at the next board meeting.
Geir clarifies that in principle we would object to any NOTICE, but in practice a NOTICE that was limited to simple facts would have been accepted. In fact, we have proposed exactly that in the past, but such an approach was rejected.
Another quiet month. Have one new TCK license to turn around to Sun, and 3 (?) applications pending. The ASF voted "no" for JSR 317 - Java Persistence 2.0 - because the EG is led by Sun. We indicated in our comment that our no vote was due to our belief that Sun should not be permitted to lead JSRs while it is violating the terms of the JSPA, the governing contract of the JCP. At the monthly EC call, we continued to discuss the Sun-Apache problem, and it was strongly urged by the EC that I meet with Onno Kluyt of Sun to try to find ways to move forward. I indicated that I was willing, as long as I didn't have to go to Albany, Schenectady or any other -y town in New York state to meet him (he lives in Rochester). Doug Lea offered to drive. More as it happens. This could be like a Zucker film. Indications are that Sun executive management is currently occuppied with their pending job cuts and eroding market cap, and thus my request to meet with the replacement for Rich Green is unlikely to get any attention for at least a month or two. Finally - after the last EC f2f meeting, the terms of the Java SE TCK license were made available to all EC members at my request. Many could not understand the problem with the NOTICE as it is deceptively similar to the language found in the JSPA. I've been challenging EC members to take a harder look with their legal team and decide if they would post such an item with their products and services at the request of Sun. So far, one of the major EC members who initially questioned our resistance to post the NOTICE has publicly reversed his position and is arguing on our behalf.
We discussed the new makeup of the SE/EE membership. No significant changes were anticipated.
Quiet month, not much to report. Request for RESTful TCK still pending. There were a few requests for udpated materials. An issue came up with the MyFaces PMC regarding a draft spec license from Oracle. The license was taken from old boilerplate, and had a FOU limit. We discussed with Oracle and they quickly fixed this issue. Kudos to Sun for facilitating and generally helping get things straightened out quickly. The new license has been forwarded to legal-discuss for extra eyes, but I think it's fine. Sun's recent announcement of their reorganization of their software division may present an opportunity for new thinking and therefore progress on the Harmony TCK issue. Hope springs eternal.
Generally things are quiet. I applied for the TCK license for JSR-311/JAX-RS for the CXF project now that the TCK is finally available (takes some time after JSR completes). There also is an ongoing challenge by Tomcat regarding the JSP 2.1 TCK. There's a conversation going on directly between Mark Thomas/Tomcat PMC and Sun regarding this, and for now, this is routine. The Incomprehensible Battle Against Stupidity and Evil (iBASE) (a.k.a. WOFTAM - "Waste of ... Time and Money") continues, with Sun standing firm with their continued refusal to supply a JSPA-compliant and open-source compatible TCK license for Apache Harmony. This was the only subject of any interest at the recent JCP Quarterly F2F. There is a growing recocnition that Sun's recalcitrance is causing growing harm to the Java platform as a whole, and EC members are eager for something to happen. Other subjects of discussion at the F2F included a transparency discussion, ironic both considering the source (Sun) and the fact that parts were held under EC non-disclosure. I've proposed that we split the Java SE JSR into two distinct JSRs, one for "Java The Language", which would continue to be led by Sun, and a new one "Java the Platform", which would be led by someone else. This would allow the platform to evolve to support the growing interest in better support for dynamic languages, better partitioning of the Java runtime API (e.g. what Harmony has already done years ago), etc. Needless to say, Sun isn't yet in agreement.
Geir verified that we would vote no on a JSR put forward with Sun as the spec lead for "Java The Language".
There's really nothing of interest to report. This is a combination of end-of-summer doldrums combined with the disappointing stasis within the JCP itself. There are several of us on the EC that are still talking, still pushing and still hopeful we can unwedge things and at risk of appearing histrionic, save Java. There's an upcoming F2F next week, and while I have no idea what we might talk about other than rehash platitudes about adding "transparency" and "openness" into a future JCP, I'm hoping we'll find a nice place for dinner. I'll have more comments at the meeting.
This was a very slow month. We currently remain in a state of deadlock. The effect of this on those who know the details as well as the overall progress of Java itself has been fairly profound, and I'm looking for ways to get the information of the history and status out to the community. I've thought about drastic action that we could take - such as exiting the JCP EC - but I think that given the reasons for Sun's lack of compliance with the JSPA in this matter, I don't think it would help. The only thing I can think of is a fall information campaign when the world gets back from vacation and wakes up. I also think that there are opportunities for the Apache Harmony project, such as a runtime for OSGi, cloud/grid computing, etc that are forward-facing and fresh, but this is really a Apache Harmony community issue. One thing of interest is that it's been discovered that by the letter of the law, EC meetings don't formally fall under the technical definition of Confidential Material according to the JSPA. We're discussing (well, were discussing - August is quiet in Europe and North America due to vacations) exactly what we may do about that. As one of my actions, I've been trying to get some press interest, and right now, it's clear that it's difficult, both from the perspective of the time of year, as well as the difficulty in finding enough sources of information. I'll continue to work on both. Finally, Happy 2nd Birthday, Ongoing Apache Java SE TCK License Application!
Short period, low activity, and little to report. There was one phone conference call between the EC and Jeet Kaul to disuss Sun's position from the business perspective. My impression, and feedback from other EC members, is that it didn't contribute to any forward progress. Other than that, not much happened. I took a break from the battle over the license with the intent of resuming at OSCON next week. I'll advise the PRC of any material actions that are planned or situational.
On June 12, I formally told Sun that we are rejecting the then- current TCK license for Java SE as it contained requirements that were unacceptable to us, and in our opinion, incompatible with the spirit and letter of the JSPA as well as open standards. Yesterday, I offered for discussion on jcp-open@ the modified version of Sun's own TCK license for Java SE for the OpenJDK (and derivatives) community. This is a slightly modified version of the document that was sent to both members@ and legal-internal@, the modifications being a tightening of the copyright and notice clause specific to the TCK itself, as well as some minor formatting. The document, which is meant as an anchor for broader open community discussion can be found at what I hope is clearly a non-official link : http://people.apache.org/~geirm/PROPOSAL-NFP-OSI-JCK-20080623.pdf The message to jcp-open@ has been forwarded to both ECs of the JCP, and I expect will be part of the JCK discussion at today's monthly EC meeting. I will update this report following that meeting. Aside from that, things are quiet - other than some discussion with the MyFaces PMC and a representative from Oracle regarding the TCK that Oracle will produce for the next JSF JSR, there has been little activity.
Geir to work with the PRC to work out how to pro-actively generate press interest and awareness around this issue.
(Apologies for delay - the quarterly JCP f2f is going on at this moment, so was holding off as long as possible in case I had something useful to report from it. I don't.) <sigh> Still in the rabbit hole, we continue our discussions with Sun regarding the Harmony TCK license. I had a long meeting with Jeet Kaul at Sun during JavaOne, and I continue to appreciate his candor and directness, but am concerned about the ultimate outcome. We currently have a proposed license that contains a mix of objectionable elements, including a kind of FOU limitation, a notice requirement and some discussion on the version of the TCK that would be licensed. Honestly, I'm getting tired of backing up. The notice still doesn't conform to the "3 principles" that have been articulated on internal (and soon to be external) member and legal lists, so I haven't been formally wasting the board's or member's time with the minutea. My objective has been to get Sun to clarify exactly what they are looking for, and provide a reason (that I understand) as to why our original notice counter-proposal was insufficient. This week is the quarterly JCP F2F meeting, and I chose not to attend for a variety of reasons in person, but did attend for a period by phone. Given the public nature of this report, all I will report here is that the topic was discussed, and still is of great import and interest to the EC as a whole. I'll provide more detail during the board meeting. As for next steps, I have two - probably final - ideas. The first will be to very visbily and publicly offer to accept a trivially modified version of the TCK license offered by Sun to the OpenJDK community and licensees. The modifications amount to little more than s/OpenJDK/Harmony/ and s/derived from/not derived from/. I plan to do this on jcp-open and I think that this really is an issue for the broader java community. The second is to highlight the inappropriateness of the notice for OSS in general by bringing the OpenJDK community into the discussion and asking that whatever notice is required of us will be required of OpenJDK and licensees (like RedHat). I apologize for this taking so long - never in my darkest moments did I imagine this could turn into the debacle that this has become.
General agreement that Geir should pursue the approach outlined.
Over the last month, Sun offered the ASF a TCK license for Java SE that while a step in the right direction, failed to comply with the JSPA on a number of fronts and that nothwithstanding, placed requirements upon the ASF that weren't acceptable. Earnest negotiation with Sun didn't make any progress, and currently discussion has paused. I expect that it will resume shortly. In addition, Sun presented a positive proposal for changes in the JCP at the last EC conference call, and I look forward to working to realize those changes in the JCP in a workable manner. There was healthy discussion of all of these issues on the members, legal-internal and Harmony PMC lists, and I am working towards being able to bring these issues to the entire ASF community at some point hopefully in the near future.
This was a quiet month internally - there are two new requests for TCKs that I'm in the process of working through. There appears to be a little internal confusion inside Sun for handling these that I will address directly with Sun next week. I have no reason to believe it is anything other than organizational entropy within Sun. The only news was the Sun presentation at the last JCP EC meeting, held on February 26th. I have forwarded the slide deck to the members@ list with comments, and am engaging with the membership directly. I think that this is a good way to transparently report on confidential JCP issues without the problem of them appearing in public board minutes.
At the end of last month : "I look forward to finally reporting something positive next month." I can only say that this has to wait until next week when the February JCP EC call happens, as we have an unsusually long gap in the schedule this month. I am expecting a proposal from Sun on how to break the logjam. I have no expectations - tensds to help avoid disappointment :) In other actvities, things have been quiet. There was one request for a TCK update (Jaxws?), a few additions to people asking to participate in various projects' TCK testing.
Approved by General Consent.
Since the 19th of December, there isn't much to report due to the general (and very welcome) slowdown. The MyFaces PMC opened it's TCK list to members of Apache Geronimo to assist with testing collaboration, and so far, all appears to be working well. The JCP EC held it's January conference call on Tues, Jan 15th, 2008 and while there is no tangible results from the December f2f meeting, the dicussion related was promising, if not positive. It was made clear that all parties, including Sun, understand the seriousness of the situation and the firmness of resolve among many of the EC to resolve in a satisfactory manner, and I expect that the February meeting will have what has been described as a "positive" agenda item that will result in forward motion. I look forward to finally reporting something positive next month.
Approved by General Consent.
Things were generally quiet, with some activity around NDAs and TCK access. The highlight of this month was the quarterly JCP EC F2F meeting held in Marlborough, a frigid suburb of Boston. Held in a barn heated by a woodstove in the corner, the closest seats to which where appropriated and viciously defended by the repectable gentlemen from IBM and the ASF, the meeting was very well attended (probably the best F2F attendence in literally years) and has been noted publicly elsewhere, the meeting concentrated on the "future of the JCP". Led by Doug Lea, it really was a refreshing and open discussion. Due to the letter and spirit of the confidentiality restrictions of the event, I cannot report publicly any details other than what I did, but will file a note to the members list later on this week. As part of the discussion, I noted that for whatever reason, Sun has not offered a JSR for Java SE 7, despite publicly talking about such a version, and creating a project at OpenJDK to work on the RI for the same. Given that it has been 12 months since the release of Java SE 6, it clearly was time to move with Java SE 7 in order to prevent Java from falling even further behind other computing platforms. I asked that Sun, as the spec lead for Java SE 6, to please bring forth a JSR for Java SE 7 for vote by the EC, and be sure that such JSR made it clear that there would be no FOU or other restrictions that could prevent any independent implementation from being distributed under the terms of choice by the implementor. Failing that, I noted that the ASF was ready to lead or co-lead such a JSR, and if vetoed by Sun due to their special rights under the JSPA, we'd lead JSRs to add new features and extensions to Java SE 6 as non-platform JSRs. More will be in the report to the membership, but I will report there that I'm cautiously optimistic that things are moving in the right direction. I believe that while the JCP hasn't "turned the corner", it's clear that it's recognized that there's a corner to turn around, and there is clear activity and movement to figure out if we can. Note : while not directly related to the office of VP, JCP, I'd like to approach SPEC to attempt to secure benchmark suites for Apache Harmony (and other projects). If there are any objections or suggestions, please let me know
A question was asked reguarding the cost of joining SPEC. Geir indicated that the goal was free. Justin noted that previous attempts to join this organization faltered on this issue.
Approved by General Consent.
Oct/Nov was a very quiet period. No progress can be reported on the TCK issue. I'm preparing for the upcoming F2F EC meeting in December, in which this issue, and the implications about the present and future JCP will be featured topics of discussion. The Apache Harmony project asked on legal-internal about what they could and could not do, in our opinion, with respect to releasing software and using licensed TCKs for testing appropriate projects on top of the Apache Harmony runtime. The project was advised to release as they chose (as long as they represented spec completeness factually), and further they could use TCKs to test projects on the Harmony runtime. Additionally, I'm happy to report that the Eclipse Foundation has been elected to a seat on the JCP EC.
Greg will investigate whether or not the ASF should join Android.
Approved by General Consent.
Geir was asked to recap the implications of the new ASF policy on non-harmony projects. Beyond the vote itself on JSRs which include spec leads that the ASF feels are in voliation of the JSPA, there are none. In particular, if a JSR passes despite the ASF's vote, a PMC may chose to implement that JSR (subject to the terms and conditions being acceptable), request TCK's, and participate in the expert group.
Approved by General Consent.
The last month has been very quiet. We have made no progress on the TCK license for the Harmony project. We initiated a motion for vote by both Executive Committees of the JCP, the committee for Java SE and EE (Apache, BEA, Borland, Fujitsu, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Doug Lea, Nortel, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, SAS, Hani Suleiman and Sun) and the committee for Java ME (BenQ, Jean-Marie Dautelle, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Philips, RIM, Samsung, Siemens, Sony-Ericsson, Sun, and Vodafone). The vote was held by electronic ballot, and finished last week on Sept 13. The PMO has not announce the results, but I tracked and published the votes on the board@ list. The vote went as we expected, and I am satisfied with the result. For the record, the motion was as follows, bracketed by "-=-" : -=- This is a very important issue and the proposers of this motion recommend that each EC member use the ballot period to review this question within their respective companies and get whatever business or legal opinions they feel that they need to get in order to come back with a firm position. Motion: We move that the ECs adopt the following statement: "TCK licenses must not be used to discriminate against or restrict compatible implementations of Java specifications by including field of use restrictions on the tested implementations or otherwise. Licenses containing such limitations do not meet the requirements of the JSPA, the agreement under which the JCP operates, and violate the expectations of the Java community that JCP specs can be openly implemented." -=- The results of the vote are JCP confidential. However, I encourage all interested parties to inquire with the various members of the executive committees. I also plan to ask each EC member if we can indicate their vote on our website, either with their name attached, or anonymously.
Question was asked of Geir as to whether he expected Sun to change as a result of this vote. Geir seemed less hopeful than before.
Approved by General Consent.
The main event of interest this month was the JCP F2F meeting on Aug 16th-17th in Munich, DE. Notes were posted to the board-private@ list, and after discussion, posted to the board@ list for general member consideration. The key element for us at the meeting was our attempt to measure JCP self-governance via the motion to affirm our view that FOU restrictions are contrary to the letter and spirit of the JSPA. Due to lack of quorum, the motion had to be submitted electronically. The motion was submitted yesterday after consultation with other EC members to clarify and simplify. The voting deadline will be 10 business days from the date that the JCP PMO officially starts the vote, which I expect will be today. Therefore, I expect a result by Sept 14 (adding 1 day for Labor Day, and 1 day for the PMO not getting this started until tomorrow. I apologize if I have misled anyone about the timing - I didn't realize there was a mandatory 10 business day process. In all, I think it's good as it gives time for internal consultation by EC members, hopefully reducing their urge to abstain. The public has been made aware of our motion via jcp-open@, and to date, there have been no comments. Other than that, things have been quiet. There have been two volunteers co-opted to help scale workload, and I'm waiting for a response from Sun regarding my promised work to narrow the scope of and clearly state the requirements of the NDA for TCK participation.
The secretary was directed to update the contract with Jon Jagielski to mention "or other documents".
Approved by General Consent.
The ASF has adopted the policy of voting "no" on any JSR for which Sun is the spec lead, starting with the Java EE 6 JSR. This is the only logical position for the ASF to take regarding this matter - we believe that Sun is in breach of the JSPA and public promises, and therefore shouldn't be allowed to start new JSRs in the JCP until the matter is resolved. The board should consider if the ASF should support or otherwise allow official Apache representation in any such JSRs. The JCP section of the ASF website has been updated with a short summary of our the current status and effects of the open letter. While we have not received an official response from Sun, we do believe that the open letter has alerted the community to the problem. The most visible manifestation of this is how EC members are using a commitment for a FOU-free TCK license as a gating factor in voting decisions. See the recent Java EE 6 vote (http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/results?id=4306) Internally, the board recently met to discuss a handful of issues related to our JCP participation, as well as next steps in our Java SE TCK dispute with Sun. The board has been advised of and is discussing the "going forward" plan. Further, after much community and internal discussion, the JCP program at the ASF will be working to remove the TCK NDA requirement. The current time horizon for this is 2010, with the intention of the ASF engaging w/ the JCP and the spec leads to find the smoothest and least disruptive path to this goal for our communities. Finally, it's become clear that the current distribution mode of TCK materials isn't meeting demand, and this problem will be resolved through systemic changes and broader community assistance by the next board meeting.
The JCK plan will continue to be revised on board-private and then the discussion will move to board@ in the next few weeks.
Approved by General Consent.
No report provided or submitted.
The Apache Software Foundation was selected by the JCP as the JCP "Member of the Year". We received the award at the annual JCP awards ceremony held at the JavaOne conference on May 9. This is the second time in three years that we have won, and reflects the community's recognition of our broad and deep participation in the expert groups, our multiple implementations of specifications in opens source, as well as our drive at the EC level to continually push the JCP towards more openness and transparency. In other news, Sun did not respond in any material way to our open letter of April 10, 2007. There was one official blog response, but it didn't touch any of the issues raised in the letter, but simply appeared to be talking around the issue and pointing to unrelated things, like the their own open source Java SE project OpenJDK. We now must decide what to do for our next steps. We are now shining light on a every big bug in the JCP, and the big question for us - as this bug shows that the JCP is incompatible with open source - is if the JCP is able to solve the problem, and if not, what should we do as a participant. I think these are two questions that can be discussed in parallel, but will resolve sequentially. To that end, I'd like to now ask for formal help from members of the EC in solving this problem, and see what rapid progress can be made.
Approved by General Consent.
This month we took the difficult step of sending an open letter to Sun Microsystems regarding our impasse in the licensing of the JCK (the Java SE TCK) for Apache Harmony. The letter was created with review and input of the membership on the internal members list, and was posted for public consumption on April 10, 2007. Copies are available in the foundation/Correspondence/JCP repository. Copies are also posted on the ASF JCP website (http://www.apache.org/jcp) and there also is a FAQ of relevant information. We have asked that Sun respond to the ASF in 30 days, and at the point, we've received nothing but an acknowledgement of receipt by Jonathan Schwartz. In other areas, we continue to work in the ongoing EC-only JSR-306 that is working to change the JSPA. We continue to push for a change that requires TCK license transparency. Further, the new Java EE 6 JSR (JSR-313) was withdrawn by Sun during the voting period due to questions regarding licensing, including Field of Use. Clearly the issue of Field of Use is now in general awareness and important to the EC members. I'm happy to report that the ASF is once again a candidate for "JCP Member of the Year", and results will be known at JavaOne in two weeks. Other than that, things are relatively quiet. Projects are using TCKs to certify their releases, and there are no other significant issues to report to the board.
Approved by General Consent.
In general, things continue smoothly. We have received several new TCKs for project use, including one from BEA. This is the first instance of us using a TCK for which Sun wasn't the spec lead and licensor, and the process for securng the TCK was vastly simpler - a simple 2 page license with no negotiations. License as posted to legal-internal@ and met with no concerns, so we accepted and gave the releated TCK to the requesting projects. A copy of the license is in SVN in the JCP section. In other areas, we are still negotiating with Sun regarding the Java SE TCK license (also known as the "JCK"). Discussions on appropriate terms seem to be nearing an impasse, with the current terms unacceptable to the ASF. There still is one more avenue of exploration, and if unsuccessful, will need to escalate inside Sun, or beyond.
Changes to the JSPA : There is an ongoing JSR consisting of EC members targetted at modifying the JSPA for the JCP. Of main interest to us is discussion surrounding "ex-ante disclosure" of all IP licensing terms for each JSR at time of JSR completion so that an implementor has a complete undestanding of any IP licensing issues they will encounter. While the EGs confidentiality rules prevent disclosing details on the public board minutes, just note that it's of interest to the ASF, and I'm working to help increase the amount of up-front exposure required by the JCP process. General : Things are generally smooth, with nothign requiring board action at this time. We have two outstanding requests for new JSRs (web services related). Java SE TCK : Negotiations continue. There is little progress to report in the public minutes. I've proposed a "two phase" approach in which we'd receive the TCK to get started under restrictive terms, and continue final term negotiations, but haven't yet received a formal answer. Current trend is negative, and have asked for a decision by 12/31.
Geir reported that there were no issues within the JCP requiring board attention at this time.
Report given during 'VP of JCP' Officer's report, above.
1) We have secured a few more TCK licenses recently, most notably : * Java EE 5 TCK license (used by Geronimo) * JPA 1.0 (Java Persistence API) TCK license (used by OpenJPA podling as well as the ORB subproject of the DB project) * JSF (Java Server Faces) 1.2 TCK license (for use by the MyFaces project. Further, we are currently working on the Java SE 5 TCK (for the eventual Apache Harmony project), which is on course for having identical terms as our existing Java EE license. We have been granted the scholarship for the support for Java SE 5 and I have had one draft of the TCK license, so there is measurable progress. 2) On the JCP front, the Executive Committee has kicked off a new effort for improving the JCP process, called JSR-306. This is a JSR with the Exec committee members as it's expert group, and the goal is several changes to the JSPA and to the JCP process document. In summary, the goals are to * further improve the transparency of the process; * further optimize the average duration of JSRs; * how can individuals best participate in the process; as well as of a potentially more fundamental nature: * allowing non-Java implementations of a JSR's specification; * ability to create liaison relationships with other standards organizations; * easing the migration of pre--existing technology towards an agreed upon standard; * the availability of TCK and associated licensing information upon completion of a JSR. Currently, we've just kicked this off, so there's nothing really there to report, or engage the Apache community. As always, I advocate friendliness towards open source licensing and open project governance. 3) There was an outstanding issue with the Derby project from the July board meeting, where there was some concern about code for "JDBC v4" entering the codebase, and the constraints that various licensing regimes of the JCP placed upon the community. At the end of the day, the community did work it out to general satisfaction, and more importantly, I expect the DB PMC will recognize and proactively deal with similar situations going forward. I have no remaining concerns here, and I don't believe the board needs to concern itself about this issue any further.
[ due this month ]
Geir reported that involvement in the JCP regarding JSR's has been active and healthy. He also noted Harmony's intent to request and receive the TCK. Geir brought to the board's attention the upcoming Geronimo release and some potential issues regarding Little G.
Geir noted that Sun has expressed interest in opening up the JSPA. It was also reported that Sun is using Derby as the basis for their JavaDB implementation. This resulted in code being committed into Derby that implemented a spec that was both encumbered as well as not publically viewable by all committers. The DB project will report on this next month.
Nothing of significant concern has happened since the last JCP report. The JCP EC has voted to advise the JCP Project Management Office (PMO) to allow for electronic voting of non-JSR proposals (process proposals). (I say "advise the PMO" because the EC can't actually tell the PMO what to do, just advise...) The intent is to help get things done faster, as it doesn't require quorum at monthly meetings, or the inevitable delay of "let me go ask my lawyer" both of which conspire to take simple issues and turn them into many-month long marathons. In terms of JSRs, the ASF voted to support several new JSRs, some with controversy, such as the OSGi proposal from IBM. Comments and discussion can be found on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are taking the position that we have an interest in the technology because we have a community implementing it, are interested in seeing bridges built between two technical communities (JSR-277 - modularity) and the new JSR, but we don't want to simply see an external spec "rubberstamped" - we want the expert group to have input. We have asked to join two JSRs : JSR-199, the Compiler API JSR and JSR-291, the OSGi JSR. Torsten Curdt will represent us for 199 (which is almost complete) and two members of the Felix community will represent us in 291. Current outstanding issue is getting TCKs from Sun for ActiveMQ (JMS) and ServiceMix (JBI) podlings. Our app for the JBI TCK has been approved, but still need to get the License addendum completed (waiting on Sun). JMS is proving more difficult, as there is internal Sun confusion about if the TCK can be separately licensed (it can) and what to do. I've fought this battle before with them at Gluecode, so I'm pretty confident that it's just a matter of grinding it through.
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This is the first update in joining the rotation. I'll follow Cliff's style this time... EC : The Exec Committee front is rather quiet. The main issues that have been pending before the EC are mainly procedural, such as discussion over whether or not the EC should allow electronic voting on "advisory proposals" that are not JSR related. These are non-binding votes in which the EC "advises" the PMO (Program Managent Office of the JCP) on things we'd like them to do. Another issue that has been in discussion for about 12 months now are the so-called "Purple JSRs", triggered by JSRs 235, 236, and 237, which attempted to couple existing commercial development activity in products to JSRs in a way that allowed for the products to continue in parallel with the JSR. The core issues in dispute were concerns about convergence with the eventual spec, concerns about IP licensing between the expert group members and the public before the spec was complete, and the rights of EGs to have legal agreements outside of the legal framework of the JSPA. I stayed out of the core debate for the most part, and just ensured that "Open Source" wasn't abused as a motivation within these discussions, as it was attempted to be mixed into the issue list. Our voting record over the last quarter was very good, and we voted positively for all new proposed JSRs. WEBSITE : There is a new JCP website now available at http://www.apache.org/jcp/ that documents (or is in process of documenting current practice and status. This will continue to improve over time. INTERNAL : There is a new group of people interested in participating more in the ASFs JCP activities. This group includes both members and non-members, and most discussion is happening at email@example.com. This is a very positive development broadening the support for out activities and getting more people participating in all aspects of this at the ASF. In the New Year, I'll be taking better inventory of the projects that are implementing JSRs, and assist them in ensuring that claims of successful implementation are backed by passing TCKs. One of the key elements of our solid reputation with Sun has been our respect for license terms of specs and such, and I wish for this to continue. This is proactive - there is no indication that there are any problems at this point. JSR REPS : We've had a few additions in the last few months and a few changes. We had resistance from one Expert Group as to a change, but this appears to be resolved, and should be completed this week. SUN ISSUES : There are two pending Sun issues. The first is the recent set of statements from Sun regarding J2SE TCK IP and licensing. We have held a [long] discussion with Sun regarding implications of their statements on distribution of our binaries and source, and a statement summarizing this discussion will be coming ASAP. Internally, the preparation surrounding that discussion was held on legal-internal. The second issue is regarding the so-called "tainting" of developers who have seen source code for J2SE under Sun's Java Research License. Our efforts to have the license improved have been successful, and the license is now much clearer on residual knowledge. However, there have been public and private statements from Sun that cast some doubt on this, and the intention is to clear it up unambiguously. I believe that both of these issues, while focused on J2SE (i.e. Harmony) are applicable to all implementations of JSRs at the ASF, as well as any that have been available in source from Sun under their non-open source licenses.
The following resolution (R1) was proposed: WHEREAS, the mission of The Apache Software Foundation is to protect the public's interest in the Internet infrastructure by fostering collaborative development and distribution of open-source software; and WHEREAS, a specification of an interface standard is often necessary to enable interoperable implementations to be developed by independent software projects, including those fostered by the Foundation; and WHEREAS, the content of a specification that includes implementation details, such as class specifications and method prototypes, may be restricted by U.S. copyright law and subject to terms and conditions of use that are not consistent with free distribution of open-source software; and WHEREAS, some vendors have used their copyright on such specifications to arbitrarily and capriciously exclude, to the detriment of the public, other participants in the specification process from implementing the very same interface standards that they helped develop. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The Apache Software Foundation will no longer participate in the development of implementations or interface standards that cannot be completely implemented and distributed as open source software, without royalties or fees of any kind, by nonprofit and educational organizations; and be it further RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors hereby instructs all Project Management Committees of the Foundation to review any and all specifications for which the Foundation's software acts as a publicly distributed open-source implementation and ensure that one of the following is true: a) the Foundation has right and title to all technology necessary to implement the specification and we have provided a license to others to implement it under the same or similar terms as the Apache software license; or b) the copyright holders have granted an irrevocable, no-charge, royalty-free license to any nonprofit or educational organization to implement the specification for the purpose of distribution to the public, where such license is sufficiently complete to describe all terms and conditions applicable to the specification at the time a copy of the specification is obtained; and be it further RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors hereby instructs all Project Management Committees of the Foundation to correct any software for which the above conditions do not hold true within 90 days by correcting the specification license, by modifying the software such that it no longer implements the specification, or by ceasing distribution of the implementation. Resolution R1 was proposed and seconded. The Resolution R1 was approved by unanimous vote of all directors present There was also much discussion regarding the role of the ASF in the Java community. It was generally agreed that the current situation was becoming more intolerable, and that the ASF was having doubts on whether an agreeable arrangement would be possible. In anti- cipation of possible events, the board authorized an amount not to exceed $2,500 (US) for the drafting and release of a Press Release or Press Releases detailing the ASF's position.