What should they be doing with that? Java is not like Oracle RDBMS when it comes to generating revenues for the company! I lost interest in Java right from the day it was acquired by Oracle. I just live by the statement "Keep the JVM, ditch the rest"
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If this is true (and it's far from clear that it is - the article is a rumour, and Oracle has not publicly stated anything about this), then that would not be good.
Whatever Oracle does, Java is not going to disappear anytime soon, because the whole world is using it everywhere. But it could mean that the development of future Java versions will slow down.
I think it would have been better if a company like Google, instead of Oracle, would have taken over Sun. I think Google is much more open source friendly than Oracle. Also there wouldn't have been this legal fight over Android's use of the Java API.
If Oracle really has lost interest in Java, they should sell it to a company that is interested in developing it further. For example, to Google.
A.J. Côté wrote:Does anybody here has insight on the state of openjdk compared to Oracle's?
As far as I know, Oracle JDK == OpenJDK + some proprietary code. I think they share something like 95% of the source code.
What is know fact is that Oracle got rid of their Java evangelists last month. But that doesn't mean that they don't care about Java. It could mean that they think Java has enough name recognition.
Java has enough of an ecosystem that I think it would fork to something open source if Oracle stopped working on it. But I don't think they are going to. They haven't been as fast as Sun with releases since they acquired Java. That isn't news. They are still selling extended support for Java 6. They are still coming out with new certs and classes in Java university. Plus Java 8 is awesome. Those are hardly the signs of a company that doesn't care about Java.