Oracle and IBM are teaming up to develop an open Java software environment. The collaboration is intended to let software developers to build upon Java, specifically the OpenJDK reference implementation. The companies will collaborate in the OpenJDK project, hoping to turn it into the leading open source Java environment. The two companies will make OpenJDK the primary location for Open Source Java SE development. The Java Community Process (JCP) will continue to be the primary standards body for Java specification work and both companies will work to continue to enhance the JCP.
The collaboration will center on the OpenJDK project, the open source implementation of the Java Standard Edition (Java SE) specification, the Java Language, the Java Development Kit (JDK), and Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE).
Oracle and IBM will support the recently announced OpenJDK development roadmap, which accelerates the availability of Java SE across the open source community.
"The Java community is vital to the evolution of the Java platform," said Oracle's Hasan Rizvi. "The collaboration between Oracle and IBM builds on the success of OpenJDK as the primary development platform for Java SE."
IBM's Rod Smith added that "IBM Oracle and other members of the Java community working collaboratively in OpenJDK will accelerate the innovation in the Java platform."