JavaFX and the new Java 8 release schedule

Richard Bair richard.bair at
Fri Apr 19 09:16:25 PDT 2013

> On a slight tangent, how has this security push affected the schedule of
> releases OpenJFX?  Can an accurate estimate even be made? (i.e.estimates of
> available engineering hours for OpenJFX cannot be reliably be made because
> of security work).

We don't give headcount or those sorts of things even to people under NDA, so I can't really give an estimate. However as Mark mentioned on his blog (

> Maintaining the security of the Java Platform always takes priority over developing new features, and so these efforts have inevitably taken engineers away from working on Java 8.

And this is definitely true of OpenJFX as well. 

> IIRC There are still a few more components left to open source before it
> can be stood up entirely on it's own inside OpenJDK.  OpenJFX inside
> OpenJDK at least provides another distribution alternative besides "wait
> for next year."

That is a terrific point. Once OpenJFX can be built based on open code entirely, then you can build an OpenJDK + OpenJFX and use it without having to wait for 8. Of course you take on the risk that the pre-released APIs etc will change, but since going this route necessarily implies you are co-bundling, that should be a relatively easy risk to assess.


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