"Converge [the] best features of HotSpot and JRockit" - what does this mean for OpenJDK?

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 10:43:16 UTC 2010

In its "Oracle + Sun: Transforming the IT Industry" strategy outlook
Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian of Oracle mentioned that Oracle
plans to "Converge [the] best features of HotSpot and JRockit" (slide
10 of http://www.oracle.com/ocom/groups/public/@ocom/documents/webcontent/044523.pdf).

Has anybody thought about what implications this could have for OpenJDK?

My fears are that if HotSpot and JRockit will "converge" this means
that OpenJDK will be abandoned, because JRockit isn't OpenSource and I
haven't heared of any plans to open source it any time soon.
Consequently, if JRockit is and will stay closed source, a convergence
of HotSpot and JRockit can only happen in a "closed" version.

Are there any sentiments regarding this topic?


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