Will Webstart be integrated in OpenJDK?

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
Wed Sep 10 22:27:02 UTC 2008

2008/9/10 Clemens Eisserer <linuxhippy at gmail.com>:
> Hello,
> Jdk-collaboration seems quite dead now,

I think OpenJDK is anything but dead, although things have been noticeably
quieter from Sun since JavaOne and the departures in June.  There seems to be
plenty of hacking going on with the JDK7 tree however, and from what I
hear, there
is also work going on behind closed doors that will appear there.  I
suspect making
any of these changes available in OpenJDK6/IcedTea6 will however fall
upon backports
from Joe Darcy and the IcedTea team.

Free Java was around before Sun, and should the worst happen, it will
survive without them
again.  I think this is highly unlikely of course, but OpenJDK could
be maintained by the
outside community, should such an eventuality occur.

The biggest problem at the moment is the JCK.  I'm quite happy for Sun
to use this to
certify their own mashed-up proprietary/Free builds inside Sun labs,
and equally it's been
great to see this applied to a purely Free build by Red Hat.  However,
what disturbed me recently
was seeing this used as a tool for patch approval during the
AWT/Swing/Java2D discussion Mario
mentions.  A Free project being dependent on a proprietary test suite
for patches is just as bad
as it being dependent on proprietary tools to build.  As Mark
mentioned in reply to this, we should
work towards improving jtreg and Mauve to ensure a Free test suite is
available and not rely on the

Andrew :-)

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