Can icedtea's web browser plugin be ported to windows ?
huzaifanazir89 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 5 03:45:07 UTC 2015
Thankyou Jacob, Alex!
Yes i got the required answer. I just wanted to use it as it is open source.
On Friday, September 4, 2015 7:47 PM, Jacob Wisor <gitne at gmx.de> wrote:
On 09/04/2015 at 14:23 Alex Kashchenko wrote:
> On 09/04/2015 12:35 PM, Huzaifa Nazir wrote:
>> - I have used windows unofficial openjdk port from here
>> - Tried porting icedtea's web plugin under cygwin from here
>> but it failed with following Errors:
>> - initially it was failing to find X11.EmbeddedFrame class in OpenJDK
>> ["configure: error: sun.awt.X11.XEmbeddedFrame not found"]
>> - upon skipping the class check, it started requiring some methods related
>> to applets within OpenJDK to be public which in the used OpenJDK were private
Currently, Icedtea-Web does not include any Windows specific code (except for
some very minor user's profile folder handling). So you will not get far with
Cygwin or MinGW, at least with what is in the repo. In other words, you will run
into a dead end.
However, yes, the Java part of IcedTea-Web can be compiled and run on Windows
too but that's about it. The NetX configuration panel should sort of work but it
is still lacking full and proper integration with the user profile folders and
some system folders. Plus, desktop integration (creating icons for applications)
works completely different on Windows than the Free Desktop Specification, which
IcedTea-Web supports now. So this does not work either.
>> How can icedtea's web plugin component be ported to windows? is it even possible?
Yes, it can. However, some significant amount of new code is required for the
native ActiveX and/or NPAPI browser plug-in to work. I would say that I have
done a quarter of this work by now.
> I know there were discussions about Windows support in IcedTea Web browser
> plugin  on distro-pkg-dev list (CC'ing it), but I don't know whether there
> were any results.
Yeah, unfortunately, my work on this has stalled since my old hard drive broke.
But, I shall resume working on it if you are interested. This raises the
question; why are you interested in IcedTea-Web for Windows? Why don't or can't
you go with the Oracle implementation?
> Also WebStart module from IcedTea Web should work fine on all platforms running
> as following (from the command line, outside of the browser):
> java -Xbootclasspath/a:netx.jar net.sourceforge.jnlp.runtime.Boot some.jnlp
I have not tested it myself but I am rather reluctant to think it is going to
work flawlessly or at all. And, even if it does, there is still code missing
that would/should make IcedTea-Web integrate with Windows nicely. Things like
temp, cache, and config folders, user & system certificate stores, JRE
enumeration and detection would require additional code paths for Windows. Also,
all of these are handled slightly different on Windows, and all of them are
mainly handled in Java. So, as you can see, even the Java part would require
additional code for Windows, not much but some.
I hope this answers your question.
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