New IcedTea6 major release (1.7)
dbhole at redhat.com
Tue Dec 15 13:05:44 PST 2009
* Andrew John Hughes <gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org> [2009-12-13 10:18]:
> 2009/12/10 Matthias Klose <doko at ubuntu.com>:
> > On 10.12.2009 18:29, Andrew John Hughes wrote:
> >> I notice we haven't had a major IcedTea6 release since 1.6 in
> >> September. I think it's time to at least consider when we want to do
> >> so.
> >> HEAD is currently on b17, whereas the previous releases are on b16.
> >> The main feature in b17 was the switch to HotSpot 14 but this was
> >> already supported by IcedTea6 anyway since 1.4.
> >> My personal preference would be to wait at least until b18, which will
> >> include the Nimbus backport. Nimbus is one of the major areas (if not
> >> only) where OpenJDK still lags the proprietary Sun JDK. The release
> >> is fairly imminent; we've been discussing it at some length on
> >> jdk6-dev:
> >> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/jdk6-dev/2009-December/000984.html
> >> However, I understand that others may want to delay this until 1.8 if
> >> a 1.7 is desired sooner, prior to extensive testing of b18.
> > from a distribution standpoint, b17 will likely not be released as part of a
> > Linux distribution (all distros just had their releases), so I would be
> > happy to concentrate on b18 instead.
> >> What other features would people like to see in a release? What
> >> things are we waiting on? The new plugin springs to mind.
> > do you mean the icedtea npp plugin?
> I do. Deepak, can you give us all a status update on the state of
> both plugins including the bug mentioned by Andreas?
The NP plugin is close to being functionally complete. I am currently
concentrating on cross-browser testing with chromium, and firefox 3.5
(most of the development I did was against 3.6 and there are some header
issues across 3.5/3.6).
I expect to make an alpha release before the holidays (24th Dec.) and a
beta around 2-3rd week of Jan., followed by polishing+final release
later on, depending on how many issues crop up.
> > Matthias
> Andrew :-)
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