What's the future of OpenJDK?

Ismael Juma mlists at juma.me.uk
Mon Mar 1 23:28:40 UTC 2010

Volker Simonis <volker.simonis at ...> writes:
> I doubt that this "merge" will take place in an open source
> version.

Why do you doubt this? For what is worth:

"OpenJDK will remain the single open source Java and JVM implementation that
Oracle contributes to. Open sourcing the current JRockit code base simply does
not make sense. Better focus our efforts on the future unified offering which
will be a merge of some kind between the two technologies.

Another thing worth mentioning here is that some features in JRockit do not make
sense as part of an open source JVM. One example is integration with the Fusion
Middleware logging infrastructure - definitely not of interest outside of an
Oracle context. The open source codebase should not be polluted by such
proprietary extensions. I don't have an answer to how to accomplish this yet,
but it's possible that the modularity work in JDK7 can help."



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