Oracle writes new OpenJDK rules
Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle has announced on his blog that he, with the assistance of John Duimovich and Jason Gartner of IBM, Mike Milinkovich of Eclipse, Prof. Doug Lea of SUNY Oswego, and Adam Messinger of Oracle, has been drafting a set of OpenJDK community rules, or bye-laws, by which the community will operate. He says the draft document will soon be published for public comment.
Reinhold says they did not start from scratch, as the rules are based on earlier work done by the Sun-chartered OpenJDK Interim Governance Board. He thanked the original interim governance board, made up of Doug Lea, Fabiane Nardon, Simon Phipps, and Dalibor Topić, for their contribution to the process. He hopes that the rules will "foster the long-term health and growth of the OpenJDK Community by enabling and encouraging its members to act in an open, transparent and meritocratic manner."
Oracle have been getting a number of companies to support its OpenJDK efforts; IBM left the Apache Harmony project to engage with OpenJDK and Apple abandoned internal Java development for co-development of OpenJDK for Mac OS X with Oracle.