Opensource plugin&webstart - when?

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Fri Aug 21 15:48:10 UTC 2009

2009/8/21 Clemens Eisserer <linuxhippy at>:
> Hello,
> Back in February I talked to Mark Reinhold at Fosdem about
> open-sourcing the next generation java plugin as well as Webstart -
> and was told to expect a release pretty soon.
> However until now nothing has happend.
> I have a few Webstart / deployment toolkit fixes here myself, but
> won't contribute this as long as it remains proprietary code.
> Whats the status of all this?
> Thanks, Clemens

Assuming you're referring to the proprietary Sun plugin, the last word
on it was:

squirrelled away on the jdk6-dev list rather than discuss.

There is a Free implementation of the plugin and javaws in IcedTea
which is being rapidly developed in the open.  Given the continued
lack of commitment from Sun on releasing their plugin as part of
OpenJDK, I think our efforts are best served by concentrating
development on the IcedTea plugin rather than banging our collective
heads against a brick wall.  At present, it seems more likely that
this plugin will be upstreamed into OpenJDK (most of the copyright is
held by Red Hat developers who have an SCA with Sun) rather than the
Sun plugin suddenly appearing.

I would, of course, be very happy to be proved wrong on this.
Andrew :-)

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