Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Tue Jun 30 18:01:56 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 09:24, Andrew John Hughes <gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
> wrote:

> 2009/6/30 Martin Buchholz <martinrb at google.com>:
> > (There is the deeper governance issue of who gets to make
> > such decisions.  I would like most of such decisions to be made
> > by the "group" of engineers who do the work.  For
> collections/concurrency,
> > such a group has worked informally for many years.)
> >
> OpenJDK is (or at least should now be) a community-driven open source
> project.  And so, the community as a whole should be making such
> decisions, not just those who happen to be employed by Sun.

Right.  There is a problem when different sets of contributors have
objectives for things like
compatibility, portability, stability, benchmark performance....

It might be that a significant contributor (like Sun or IcedTea) would
a separate set of patches essentially forever, since they would not be
acceptable to the greater community.  Oh, I guess that's already happened,

There's also the issue of the size of the project.  Is OpenJDK a "project",
or is it an aggregator of projects maintained by various third parties,
like a Linux distro?  Given how the code base has grown, at least a large
number of components should be treated in the latter way.
It is already the case, I believe, that the JAX* code is essentially
unchanged from upstream maintainers.

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