Project Proposal: Mac OS X Port
dalibor.topic at oracle.com
Wed Dec 1 10:10:18 UTC 2010
On 12/1/10 1:50 AM, Weijun Wang wrote:
> In fact, why start this mac-port at all?
To quote from my mail to announce: "[...] to provide a place for the work on the port of JDK 7 to the Mac OS X platform.
In particular, this Project will serve as the initial location for the announced  contributions from Apple to OpenJDK on
their way to JDK 7."
If you look at the planned contributions discussed in the referred announcement, they cover
several different areas of the JDK. As such, it's quite natural to go through the path of a
separate Project, as we have done for other features and ports, as it decouples
ongoing work on the code from 'social engineering' around integration of contributions
into JDK 7 & its processes.
>From my experience with getting Zero & Shark upstreamed, I think it takes a bit of
time and effort to become familiar with the different parts of OpenJDK to get up and
rolling smoothly - it's a given, if you look at the scope & size of the JDK. In
case of Zero and Shark, the surface area for that was HotSpot. In case of planned
contributions to the Mac OS X port, the surface area is a bit larger then that,
so having a separate Project for this port is even more useful then it was in case
of Zero & Shark, in my opinion.
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