Apple's Lion Mac Java support

The other important piece of news from the Apple OpenJDK announcement this morning is that the new Mac OS X "Lion" operating system will continue to support Java, and specifically the Apple Lion Java implementation will be provided by Apple. Here's a statement from the Apple press release:

Apple also confirmed that Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

Apple OpenJDK for OS X and a "New graphical client"

Apple and Oracle today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X, ending weeks of speculation about the future of Java on the Mac OS X platform. In the joint announcement from Apple and Oracle, it was stated that "Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client."

Doug Lea leaving the Java Community Process

I was originally going to title this article "Is Oracle Killing Java?" and write about a number of recent events in the Java community, but I'll try to just stick to the most recent fact, which is that Doug Lea is resigning from the JCP Executive Committee. (JCP stands for Java Community Process.)