Will Webstart be integrated in OpenJDK?

David Herron David.Herron at Sun.COM
Thu Sep 11 16:59:48 UTC 2008

Geir's point is right on..

The Plugin and JavaWebStart are not part of the platform spec.  There 
have been many things outside the spec which have been bundled with the 
productized builds... from Rhino to VisualVM to JavaDB to sample code to 

Mark's point is also right on ...

The plugin and javawebstart are pretty darn important pieces of the 
ecosystem.  Clearly the gap is noticeable and that's one of the pieces 
of value brought to the table by the IcedTea project.

Onno's point is also right on ...

There is inner discussion and no agreement as yet.

- David Herron

Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> 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?
> geir
> On Sep 11, 2008, at 11:34 AM, Mark Thornton wrote:
>> Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>>> On Sep 11, 2008, at 10:37 AM, Frans Thamura wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Onno Kluyt <Onno.Kluyt at sun.com> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> We have not yet decided on a specific plan regarding open sourcing 
>>>>> of the
>>>>> plugin and webstart code. We may eventually add this to OpenJDK 
>>>>> but it is
>>>>> certainly not imminent.
>>>> the ads said that 100% OpenSource..
>>> To be fair, I don't think they are part of the JDK, are they?
>>> geir
>> Given that the JRE is part of the JDK and the plugins and Webstart 
>> have been installed with the JRE for many years (from the very 
>> beginning in the case of plugins), I think it is hard to separate 
>> them in practical terms.
>> Mark Thornton

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