The Java Advanced Imaging is a powerful Java image processing engine underlines our popular OSGeo open source projects - including GeoTools, GeoServer, GeoNetwork, and GeoNode, and more! Tragically there has been one problem with this, the JAI library is not open source! The library originated at Sun Microsystem as a core component of the Java Runtime Environment, but was not included as part of OpenJDK collaboration. This talk explores: * Capabilities that make JAI attractive for GeoSpatial work * How JAI has been used in our community * The exciting JAI-EXT project by GeoSolutions One of the reasons our community has been so addicted to this library is its power. It explored concepts like parallel processing, and distributed parallel processing in 1999, well ahead of the curve. It is an excellent example of engineering and software design. Importantly we will cover the search for an open source alternative, and are the exciting progress in producing an open source alternative. Come see how our this foundational library is being propelled into an open source future by our community.