Saturday, February 2, 2013

A petition for Java to Oracle from more than 15,000 people

Java is a programming language used by millions of developers and a software platform used by hundreds of millions of users. It has been one of the top three computer languages since it was born. More recently, it has become the sole language for creating Android apps and its adoption is exploding in mobile computing as the Android market grows: As of October 2012, there have been over 700,000 apps in the Android Market, rivaling (and expected to surpass) the number of apps in the Apple Store (see a Financial Times report in December 2012).

Java has become a community asset, not a tool for making money to pay for someone's islands and yachts. Unfortunately, its original creator, Sun Microsystems, has gone out of business. Its current owner, Oracle Corporation, decided that it can make a few pennies from each user by turning the Java installer into a piece of foistware that gives users unwanted software such as the Ask Toolbar. This action effectively jeopardizes an excellent computer technology like Java by lowering it to the same level of notorious adware that nobody wants.

My colleague Saeid Nourian has started a petition to ask Oracle to stop this bundling. In about a week, more than 10,000 people from all over the world have signed the petition. The goal of the petition, however, is to collect 250,000 signatures.

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