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Has Sun been holding back?

In the beginning (1995), was created by Then Sun saw that was bigger than just Sun (NASDAQ: and opened up the process of building with the Community Process (JCP) in 1998. Yet now with rumors of acquiring Sun swirling, the community could undergo its most significant change in a decade.

There have been questions about Sun's leadership of the JCP for years dating back to at least 2002 and percolating still with the soon to be finalized JavaEE 6 specification as well. With (NYSE: owning Sun, leadership of the JCP could shift and that would be a change welcomed by members of the executive committee of the JCP as well as stakeholders outside of the JCP.

«Sun's inability to invest in the JCP combined with its desire to maintain control is stifling the innovation and investment in » Rich Sharples, director of product management at told

Red Hat is a member of the JCP Executive Committee which oversees the JCP. Sharples notes that what drives many of Red Hat's contributions is the desire to make simpler to use for more people while retaining the power of the platform. contributions to the JCP include EJB 3 (nterprise beans), Web Beans, Seam Framework and Hibernate.

«All JSR's require a reference implementation which is a huge burden for the spec,» Sharples argued. "Other standards bodies don't require reference implementations. (JSR stands for Specification Request).

The openness of the JCP is something that JCP executive committee Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource also has concerns about.

«The JCP is still less open than we would like,» Johnson told «However, there have definitely been improvements in the last few years.»

SpringSource develops a lightweight framework for that runs on middleware from a number of vendors including Red Hat and

Does Sun have too much influence in the JCP?

Red Hat's Sharples noted that early in #39;s evolution — it needed control and direction and investment and Sun did a great job.

«In the last 5 or so years as has become mainstream and really successful and Sun's control is now limiting its growth,» Sharples alleged. SpringSource's Johnson went a step further arguing that in his view Sun does have too much influence in the JCP.

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