Petition to Open Source JavaFXStephen Chin | July 16, 2010
At last night’s Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group event, I announced a petition to Open Source the JavaFX Platform. This is a petition from the Java and JavaFX Community directed to the management of Oracle Corporation. The goal of the petition is to increase the viability of the JavaFX platform to the benefit of both the community and Oracle.
To the Leaders, Management, and Board of Directors at Oracle Corporation,
We the undersigned formally request that Oracle Corporation release the entire JavaFX Platform as open source software available for modification and reuse by individuals, educators, and corporations.
…We believe that an essential part of the future success of this platform is to release it as open source software. … In our estimation, the increased adoption of JavaFX will make the platform even more profitable for Oracle than it currently is as a proprietary technology.
This petition has been embraced by community and industry leaders alike. Here are some quotes from leaders in the JavaFX community:
JavaFX holds the potential of bringing back rich-client Java, after fifteen years of force-fitting the Web to be an application execution environment. Open-sourcing JavaFX and related deployment technologies will help rescue users and developers from continuing to settle for far less than what could be experienced with rich-client Java.
JavaFX is still a fantastic solution to be portable, cross-platform, a technology which runs across multiple deployment targets: desktop, mobile and other embedded devices and across multiple operating systems. An Open JavaFX will allow innovation to take place outside of Oracle completely and yet I also believe that the repository, the service / provider owner, intellectual property must be paid or monetised as well. I believe that people, individuals, groups and companies will recognise the work of those who innovate. It is possible to monetise JavaFX.
If you adding your name to the list of signatures, please visit the petition signatory page here:
JavaFX was first announced three years ago at JavaOne 2007. We would like to be able to present this petition to the management of Oracle at JavaOne on the 3rd event anniversary of this great technology.