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The turn of the year provides an opportunity to review the events of the past and to think about what lies ahead, so I'll address these themes in this month's column. But first I'd like to wish you all a peaceful and successful New Year. Membership It's been a year of steady progress for the JCP. Our membership grew by more than 10% to a total of 1,427. More than 70% of the members are individuals and almost all of the remainder are corporations with a small but growing number of non-profit organizations (about 2%). More than half of the new members came from three countries: the U.S., Germany, and Brazil. Just over 50% of the membership is based in North America, followed by Europe and The Russian Federation at 31%, Asia and The Middle East at 11%, South America at 4%, and Oceania at 2%. The trend is definitely toward more individual and non-profit membership alth... (more)

Open Source and Open Standards

As I write this article the 2008 FOSDEM (www.fosdem.org/2008/) (Free and Open Source software Developers European Meeting) is about to start. Of course, by the time you read this the meeting will be long over (that's the name of the game with publishing deadlines). I will not be attending, but several members of Sun's OpenJDK (http://openjdk.java.net/) team are gathering in Brussels to meet with the movers and shakers of the free and open source software world. This suggested the topic for this month's column, in which I will explore the relationship between open source and open ... (more)

Java and Free Software in Brazil

A couple of recent Brazil-related news events suggested the theme for this column: Java in Brazil. First, the annual International Free Software Forum (FISL) was recently held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FISL is one of the world’s most important free software conferences, and more than 7,400 people attended this year, including many from Sun’s Java organization. Second, Sun Microsystems and the Brazilian organization responsible for digital television (DTV) conversion announced  that they would join forces to develop an open source content platform based on Java technolo... (more)

The JCP at the 2008 JavaOne Conference

As I write this the JCP’s Program Office staff is busy preparing for this year’s JavaOne Conference, to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from May 6 through May 9. As you read this you’re probably at the conference, or if you were unable to attend I hope you’ve had a chance to follow it via webcasts, blogs, and news reports. The JCP’s role at JavaOne is significant. Indirectly we’re involved in the majority of the technical sessions, panel discussions, and BOFs, since these address technologies that have been or are being developed through the JCP program. See the c... (more)

The JCP's Election Results

The JCP's annual elections for our Executive Committees (ECs) are now complete. As a reminder, during the first round the following members were nominated by Sun and ratified by the community: Nokia, Philips, and IBM for the Java ME EC Ericsson, SpringSource, and SAP for the Java SE/EE EC. In the second round of the elections, during which all members are free to nominate themselves, voters had to choose two members for each EC. For the Java SE/EE EC the candidates were long-serving EC member Intel and three individual members: Werner Keil, Matthew McCullogh, and Shashank Tiwari. ... (more)