Red Hat Reinforces Java Commitment and Assumes Leadership of OpenJDK 6 Community

  Red Hat Reinforces Java Commitment and Assumes Leadership of OpenJDK 6

 Transition underscores dedication to the open source spirit of Java and the
organizations that rely on it for mission-critical enterprise applications and

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- March 7, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced it has transitioned into a leadership role for the
OpenJDK 6 project, effectively extending support for the technology and its
users. The move reinforces Red Hat’s commitment to the broader Java community
and its future as a leading platform for mission-critical enterprise

In addition to taking on leadership of the OpenJDK 6 community, Red Hat
maintains its role in setting the future direction for the OpenJDK project as
an active board member, represented by Red Hat’s long-time Java technical
lead, Andrew Haley, enabling the company to continue to help drive the future
of Java and of OpenJDK. Red Hat’s vision includes better overall performance
and manageability while enabling greater functionality around dynamic
scalability and cloud computing.

“To say that Java plays an important role in today’s enterprise IT would be an
understatement,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager,
Middleware, Red Hat. “It has had a profound impact on the creation and
integration of technologies that have ushered us into the 21^st century,
shaping everything from banking and retail to transportation and research, and
Red Hat is leading the charge. We want to see that continue, not only for the
thousands of organizations running OpenJDK 6 and Java SE 6, but for users of
future versions as well.”

OpenJDK is an open source implementation of the Java specification. Red Hat
has been a leading contributor to the OpenJDK community for more than five
years, following an agreement with Sun Microsystems, and its customers have
enjoyed the benefit of a highly optimized, accelerated runtime for Red Hat
JBoss Middleware in a Linux environment.

“Red Hat has done well to stand by its decision to continue supporting and
investing in Java,” said Al Hilwa, program director for IDC’s Application
Development Software research. “The company’s leadership and success as an
open source enterprise technology provider give credibility to its vision for
the future of OpenJDK and goal of driving innovation in Java.”

Java is a preeminent fixture in the global software development community.
According to GitHub, one of the top open source code repository sites, Java
continues to be among the most popular languages today, as well as being one
of the highest-tagged languages on Stack Overflow, a user-driven question and
answer site for topics related to programming. Other languages, including
Scala, Groovy, Clojure, Gosu and Ceylon, only run on the Java Virtual Machine
(JVM), contributing to its popularity. This sentiment is also reflected in the
TIOBE Programming Community Index, a measure of the popularity of programming
languages, calculated from the number of search engine results for queries
containing the name of the language.

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using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud,
Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also
offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the
connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source
communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that
liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.
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