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Daily Dose - JDK 7, 8, Project Coin, and Lambda Pass With Much Reservation; Tom Peierls Resigns

12.08.2010
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The four JSRs behind Java 7 and Java 8 were recently approved by the Executive Committee.  However, there was a good deal of discontent among members who voted for and against the JSRs.  Apache kept its promise to vote against all of Oracle's proposed JSRs, while Google voted against JDK 7 and 8.  Tim Peierls also voted against the JDKs and abstained on the other two.  Many other organizations, including IBM, Eclipse, RedHat, VMWare, and Credit Suisse disapproved of Oracle's licensing terms but were perfectly fine with the technical merits of the specs.

Update:
Tim Peierls just posted a blog telling us that he's resigned from the EC.

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