Apache Software Foundation Resigns From Java SE/EE Executive Committee

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has walked out of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee after it voted to go through with Oracle's Java SE 7.

The ASF had previously threatened to resign from the Java community if it decided to approve Java SE 7 with a licensing restriction on ASF's Project Harmony.

“The recent Java SE 7 vote was the last chance for the JCP EC to demonstrate that the EC has any intent to defend the JCP as an open specification process, and demonstrate that the letter and spirit of the law matter,” the ASF said in a blog post.

The ASF also criticised Oracle, which owns Java, for proposing specifications and licensing terms for Java SE 7 that are self-contradicting, restrict the distribution of independent implications of the specs and restrict the open source implementations.

The Apache Software Foundation also declared that the Java Community Process was no longer an open specification process.