Is JavaFX going to truly be a community project?

John-Val Rose johnvalrose at
Sat Sep 1 12:38:00 UTC 2018

Hi Pedro,

I just happen to agree with you in this issue.

But, out of all the possible new custodians of JavaFX, I have to say that I am always in awe of what Johan and Gluon have already contributed and accomplished.

So how do we ensue that OpenJFX is truly “open”?

I agree that even though Gluon are doing a fantastic job, JavaFX should not be a “Gluon product”.

I think it’s a great move for Oracle to basically relinquish control of JavaFX - but to whom?

I’m not familiar enough with FOSS projects to offer any sage advice but I totally agree that a “community” project has to be as open to everyone as possible and no person or entity should have a commercial advantage over others.

So, basically I like your question, I don’t believe the current scenario is satisfactory but unfortunately I confess I can’t offer any suggestions of better scenarios.


John-Val Rose

> On 1 Sep 2018, at 22:00, Pedro Duque Vieira <pedro.duquevieira at> wrote:
> Hi,
> For JavaFX to start being, truly, a community project it is important that
> it is perceived as a real community effort. Right now it's starting to look
> more like it's changing hands, from being an Oracle project to being a
> Gluon project.
> I don't have anything against Gluon, I'd say the same if for instance,
> instead of Gluon it was JPro or Karakun, or whatever...
> Hosting the JavaFX docs, builds, installations, etc on a company owned site
> or a company endorsed site sounds like a really bad idea. Which is what's
> happening right now. If it's to be a community project it should be owned
> by the community as a whole. As well as being perceived to be owned by the
> community as a whole.
> Being a one company project will deter the contributions of other players
> in the JavaFX space. Other players that also offer consultancy services,
> and JavaFX products will have a big disadvantage towards the company
> hosting the JavaFX assets and downloads. At the very minimum think about
> the huge advantage this company will have in publicity when compared to the
> others.
> A community project is a project where various players join efforts to
> mutually benefit each other. As soon as this starts being a project that's
> benefiting one particular company more than the others it ceases to be a
> community project.
> I don't think that anyone would like to join in on the efforts in this
> scenario.
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Pedro Duque Vieira -

More information about the openjfx-dev mailing list