Will Webstart be integrated in OpenJDK?

Mark Reinhold mr at sun.com
Thu Sep 11 16:21:50 UTC 2008

> Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:33:15 -0400
> From: "Geir Magnusson Jr." <geir at pobox.com>

> Question...
> Is there a private copy of the JDK somewhere that sun uses?  if so,
> what's different?  Is it a fork?
> I thought openJDK's repo was the public one.

Sun's proprietary binaries are built from the open repositories
augmented by a set of closed repositories which contain additional
components (plug-in, web start, installers, etc.) as well as the
old encumbered code, which we're still using in the proprietary

Whether or not this truly constitutes a "fork" I'll leave to the
philosophers, but it seems to me to be no more a fork than, say,

> Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:03:57 -0400
> From: "Geir Magnusson Jr." <geir at pobox.com>

> sun bundles other non-spec things like Derby aka "JavaDB" also...
> I don't remember - are these plugins and webstart mentioned in the
> Java SE spec?

No, they are not.  There is a JSR (56) for the web-start protocol,
but it has never been part of the Java SE Platform.

- Mark

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