Have Your Say on the Final Name for Java EE under Eclipse
Feb 9, 2018 — We must start by thanking everyone that took the time to fill out your personal message to EE4J stakeholders on Java EE renaming (https://form.jotform.com/72648425384161). Some of you may be aware that we followed up your numerous emails with a public joint open letter on the issue delivered to EE4J stakeholders (https://javaee-guardians.io/2018/01/02/joint-community-open-letter-on-java-ee-naming-and-packaging/). Unfortunately Oracle responded largely on the negative to our many collective requests (https://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/ee4j-community/msg00884.html). In addition the position held by the key EE4J stakeholders can be summarized as they do not see this as a significant enough issue (https://developer.jboss.org/blogs/mark.little/2018/01/18/java-ee-naming-and-package-discussions). While it is needless to say this is disappointing, the loose consensus is that the community has unfortunately likely done all that it constructively can on this issue.
There is however an important silver lining that we would like to share. The Eclipse Foundation has now opened a public poll to select a new name for Java EE (https://goo.gl/forms/EPJUi6A6Dms5oiXl1). It does not take much imagination to see that the needle has been moved as far as possible short of Oracle relenting it's control over the Java EE brand.
We urge you to participate wholeheartedly in the name selection process. It will take mere seconds to make your well thought out choice. Based on preliminary community reaction, the Jakarta EE option - shortened to JEE and having a symbolically important meaning (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakarta_Project) - has been relatively warmly received, including by EE4J stakeholders (https://developer.jboss.org/blogs/mark.little/2018/02/08/new-java-ee-brand-name). The poll closes by February 23, so there is little time to spare.
As always, we are very grateful for your continued support. Let's continue to try to do the right thing together for Java, Java EE, the community and industry.
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