[OSM-talk] Oracle is changing Java's license how will it affect JOSM? - do not panic

Jan Martinec jan at martinec.name
Sun Apr 22 18:54:23 UTC 2018

First off, Oracle could kill Oracle Java Runtime Environment, but the API
of Java is open and implemented e.g. by OpenJDK  (currently also
Oracle-maintained, but not as easily killed.). Oracle could quit Java today
if it wanted to (whether this is an actual intent or just political
posturing w/r/t the Google lawsuit is irrelevant - killing your cash cow
would be a desperate move) - it would not mean that options for running
Java apps would disappear.

In other words, the sky is *not* falling: rushing to port the JOSM
toolchain to a different language would be extremely premature.

Best regards,
Jan "Piskvor" Martinec

Dne ne 22. 4. 2018 20:44 uĹživatel john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>

> Fewer applications are using JAVA and it looks as if Oracle is withdrawing
> from JAVA.  It was originally developed by SUN who were taken over by
> Oracle.
> Someone who worked at Oracle has mentioned Oracle would like to be out of
> JAVA by 2020 and that is the date for individual free licenses to expire.
> It does have a number of security problems but iD doesn't do have the
> tricks that JOSM does.
> Could it be rewritten in a different language?  How would the plugins be
> handled?
> We have some time to look at alternatives but it might be better not to
> leave it to the last few days.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks John
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