Stephen Colebourne has a thoughtful post about one of the biggest possible changes in the Java landscape. Java SE will not be a open standard any more?. This seems completely in contrast to the spirit that is seen in efforts like Project Coin. Sun has been trying to own Java using various techniques, including changing their stock market ID. However, ceasing to be an open standard can be truly detrimental. The open specification is what guarantees that Java can be made available for development everywhere, even without Sun. Without it, Java will carry a vendor lock-in possibility. Also, if Sun ignores the JCP, others will only be encouraged to abandon it. There does not seem to be any official word from Sun about not having a JSR for the next version, but as Stephen writes, the evidence and Sun’s interaction with Apache does raise the doubts.