The LJC is voting No on the Final Approval Ballot for JSR 48  (WBEM Services Specification). As this decision may surprise the community, we wanted to ensure that the reasons behind this are fully understood.

The No vote is purely a procedural measure. During the discussion of this JSR, it came to light that the license that the Reference Implementation conflicts with the terms of the JSPA and is therefore not valid. Were the Final Approval Ballot to pass, the resulting standard would be impossible to implement and useless to the community.

The LJC, along with IBM, SAP and the JCP PMO, met with the Spec Leads and resolved the issues around licensing. The EC has agreed that the Final Approval Ballot must fail, and EC members will accordingly vote it down. The JCP process contains a contingency measure for circumstances like these, known as a Final Approval Reconsideration Ballot.

This Ballot allows the Spec Leads to correct any problems & resolve concerns before resubmitting within 30 days – effectively a second chance. The Spec Leads indicated that they intended to do so, and to resubmit the JSR with a modified RI license.

During the meeting with the Spec Leads, some ecosystem questions regarding the health of the ecosystem for this technology, and the number of participants were also addressed. The Spec Leads were able to point to a wide variety of companies and projects participating, so on this basis, the LJC is happy to support this JSR.

A number of minor technical questions were also discussed – and the Spec Leads agreed to address some of them by releasing the source code for the TCK for this JSR – and to produce a new JSR for a version 2.0 after the initial release to fix any bugs found by the community.

The LJC JCP Committee would like to thank the Spec Leads for making time to meet and address concerns at very short notice, and for their perseverance in completing the JSR process.

As always, if you’re an LJC member and interested in our work in the standards & specification space – please contact one of the committee – we’re very happy to talk about our ongoing projects, and there are always ways to get involved.