Time For A Security Team For OpenJDK

In my InfoWorld column today I consider the recent news that Java 8 is going to be substantially delayed because Oracle’s development staff have had to focus on security issues. I wonder if fully and inclusively engaging the community – especially with a proper security team like other open source communities use to great effect – would help avoid similar delays in the future?


MySQL FUD Claim Needs Action, Not Words


A chance encounter at the OFE Summit in Brussels, coupled with a provocative statement by an Oracle VP, lead me to believe it’s time for Oracle to come out of hiding and start working with the MySQL community – including MariaDB, Percona and other competitors  After all, that’s how open source works. Read more at ComputerWorldUK.


☝ Corporate Open Source Case Studies

The last week has provided a number of interesting – and perhaps surprising – case studies in corporate engagement with open source. This Monday’s Link Post takes a look at Microsoft and Silverlight, Symbian, Oracle and Java and Canonical and GNOME, over at ComputerWorldUK.

☞ Imbalanced

  • At a recent debate in the House of Lords on the Digital Economy Bill, a number of amendments designed to ensure citizen rights (as opposed to most terms of the DEB that limit citizen rights in defence on corporate rights) were rejected by the UK government on the basis they would upset the delicate balance of UK law.

    Yet here we see the very same Bill seriously disrupting the delicate balance of rights voters already enjoy. You’ll no longer be able to offer your guests easy wifi access, ruining evolving and desirable modes of work and interaction in order to shore up the 20th century monopolies of Lord Mandelson’s media friends.

    I’ve not heard nearly enough from the opposition parties on this stuff, making me fear they will just do more of the same – not a surprise, it’s advance preparation for ACTA ratification. It’s election time; we need to make sure the politicians know we care about this stuff.

  • UK citizens can sign this petition to the UK government calling for transparency.
  • Useful summary from Michael Geist – worth asking your representatives why your government hates transparency if you’re in one of the countries opposing it.
  • Peter Tribble documents some of the comments made by Oracle’s representative in theOpenSolaris annual meeting. Net: Oracle intends to keep going with OpenSolaris.

☞ Gestures

✍ A Move In The Minkheim

§ The time has finally come for me to migrate away from blogs.sun.com and Blogger, where my two main blogs have been hosted for many years. Welcome to The Wild Mink, where I’ll be posting daily comment and occasional analysis just as I have been since around 2002. Except maybe a bit more free-range…

Why now? Because the end of the FTP service at Blogger has meant that the original Webmink blog will go silent on March 1st, I have been planning this for a while. The obvious shift in attitude at Oracle means that after Sun UK merges – on March 1st as well – I’ll not feel comfortable blogging there either. The blogs.sun.com site was a genuinely industry-changing innovation and I am still proud to have played a part in making it happen, but “to everything there is a season”. And finally, I have always believed it’s best to blog on a domain one owns.

How? I’ll leave the Delicious auto-poster posting both at SunMink and here for the time being, but any new work will appear here. I’ll archive copies of the old blogs for safe keeping, just in case any policy changes make them go away one day.  Hopefully regular readers will change their subscription feeds – I’ll start posting notices to that effect next week.

So… Welcome, again!

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