OpenJDK Community Bylaws and Governing Board

Lussier, Denis denisl at
Fri Feb 4 17:40:32 UTC 2011

I do agree that Red Hat sponsored individuals have continuously played a
huge role in keeping the "Open" in OpenJDK.   It strikes me as odd that they
wouldn't be represented on a governing board.


On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM, Dr Andrew John Hughes <
gnu_andrew at> wrote:

> * 'The members of the initial Governing Board are:
>  - Adam Messinger (Chair, Oracle),
>  - Jason Gartner (Vice Chair, IBM),
>  - Prof. Doug Lea (At-Large, SUNY Oswego),
>  - Mike Milinkovich (At-Large, Eclipse), and
>  - Yours truly (OpenJDK Lead, Oracle).'
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've only seen contributions from two of
> these five to OpenJDK (you and Doug).  Why have they been given these
> positions?  Why should they get to make decisions over people who have
> actually done work on OpenJDK?
> What happens if we don't want to abide by these rules?  Do we not get
> to join the OpenJDK club?
> This seems less like progress than a step backwards into proprietary JDK
> land.

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