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Leadership of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 Transitions to Red Hat

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that it will serve as the steward of the
OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 projects following a transition of leadership
from Oracle. With the transition, Red Hat is affirming its support of
the Java community and following a similar path that led to its
leadership of both the OpenJDK
and OpenJDK

OpenJDK is an open source implementation of Java, one of the most
widely-used programming languages for building enterprise-grade
applications. In its role as steward of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 update
releases, Red Hat will work with the community to enable continued
innovation in Java.

Red Hat has been a member of the OpenJDK community since 2007 and is one
of the largest contributors to the project. Red Hat’s long-time Java
technical lead, Andrew Haley, was appointed as project lead for OpenJDK
8 and OpenJDK 11 in February 2019. He has been an active member of the
OpenJDK governing board for seven years and, in this capacity, helps to
guide the future direction of Java and OpenJDK.

In addition to its work within individual OpenJDK communities, Red Hat
leads the upstream development of Shenandoah, a high-performance garbage
collector that is now part of OpenJDK 12.

In December 2018, Red Hat announced
commercial support for OpenJDK on Microsoft Windows
. Red Hat plans
to launch OpenJDK in a Microsoft installer in the coming weeks and
distribute IcedTea-Web, the free software implementation of Java Web
Start, as part of the Windows OpenJDK distribution. JDK
Mission Control
is available as part of Red
Hat Software Collections
and for Windows through the Red
Hat Customer Portal
, enabling developers and administrators to
collect and analyze data from Java applications running locally or
deployed in production environments.

Supporting Quotes

Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat
is in a renaissance moment. It continues to evolve and be a key
component of new, emerging architectures. There is a developer hunger to
bring Java into the next generation of development, and Red Hat is a
leader in this movement through our involvement in the OpenJDK project.
We are helping to lead the way in our efforts to enable users of JDK to
have support and innovation in their existing environments. Red Hat
remains committed to Java and is excited to have the opportunity to help
steward the OpenJDK community.”

Michael Azoff, distinguished analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum
future leadership and control of Java is carefully being managed by
current Java SE owner Oracle; this care reflects the importance of Java
as an enterprise programming language and platform. Clearly, Oracle
wants change, and while it owns Java SE it has handed Java EE to the
Eclipse foundation, which has renamed it Jakarta EE. Red Hat, a
significant contributor to the OpenJDK, has stepped up and is stewarding
both OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11, which will converge with the Oracle JDK.
My guess is we can expect more news on the transition of Java
stewardship over the next few years and I believe Red Hat is a safe pair
of hands to take on that role. It’s also a better fit with Java being
open source and Red Hat being a leader in the open source software

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providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open
source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the
digital future.

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