Will Webstart be integrated in OpenJDK?

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Thu Sep 11 09:24:10 UTC 2008

Andrew John Hughes wrote:

> 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.

Why not?  A gcc patch that failed Plum Hall testing would be rejected
too, assuming (or course) that the Plum Hall test was valid.

> 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 JCK.

It's not going to happen.  The TCK tests a whole lot of minute details
of Java langauge compatibility that are not fully explained in the
Javadoc, and so any open test suite that does not derive from the TCK
will not be complete.


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