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Java.net and Kenai Shutting Down: Why?

Oracle recently announced that Java.net and Kenai.com will be "going dark" one year from now. The brief announcement offers nothing even close to resembling an explanation and is the equivalent of " We’ve closed our storage facility. Come pick up your stuff! "

The second paragraph of the announcement is a particuarly touching send-off for the many years Java devs spent using the sites — I think it’s the use of ALL CAPS that really warms the heart of the Java community:

"SHOULD YOU REQUEST YOUR PROJECT ASSETS, ORACLE PROVIDES SUCH PROJECT ASSETS “AS-IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY , EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN ADDITION, ORACLE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RELIANCE, COVER, OR LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RELATING IN ANY WAY TO SUCH PROVISION OF PROJECT ASSETS UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER CONTRACT, TORT, PRODUCT LIABILITY, BREACH OF IMPLIED DUTY, OR OTHERWISE."

The question on the minds of those reading the news is "Why?"

I can’t imagine that Oracle is having any issues keeping the lights on or finding the space to store everything. They still have computers and stuff? And programmer people?

Of course there are other places where the Java community can go, but why should they have to? Instead of closing those sites down, might it be preferable to (and I’m just spitballin’ here)…I don’t know… make them better ?

Instead of taking down sites that have some history, community goodwill, and even emotional attachment within the Java community, why don’t you modernize them and make them competitive with the other sites competing for their attention?

I’m sure there will be some saying "good riddance" and others who didn’t even know what Java.net or Kenai.com even offered. It just feels like another swipe from Oracle that they may not be all that interested in Java’s future.

Thoughts, anyone?

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