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Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project.
Last summer, Oracle said it had begun working with the Eclipse Foundation and the Java EE community to transfer its Java EE code and governance responsibilities to the foundation.
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But Oracle is not giving up its intellectual property rights in the name "Java." And so for the past few months, the Java EE community has been puzzling over how to refer to the open source version of Java EE.
The Eclipse Foundation is using "Eclipse Enterprise for Java" or "EE4J" as the umbrella term for the open source project, but because EE4J covers more than just the Java EE code, there remains a need for a brand name.
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"Much like the OpenJDK project implements the Java SE Platform specification, the EE4J projects will provide implementations of a set of specifications that we today call Java EE: We need a brand name for this set of specifications," explained Eclipse Foundation director of open source projects Wayne Beaton, in a GitHub post in November that began the solicitation for potential names.
In January, Java EE Guardians, a user group populated by a number of Java experts including Java creator James Gosling, published an open letter to Oracle pleading to be allowed to use "Java EE."
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"On behalf of the community, the Java EE Guardians ask that Oracle and other EE4J stakeholders work together...
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