Project Proposal: JFX

Ismael Juma mlists at
Fri Oct 28 08:14:04 UTC 2011

Hi Richard,

First of all, I would like to say that this is great news.

> I see it as being the same as with OpenJDK, in that:
>   - The entire project will be buildable and runnable and usable on free 

Good goal.

I have a question regarding applets and webstart. Is the plan to keep those bits 
of code closed? If Oracle is releasing the code for JFX, it seems strange to 
think that keeping the deployment code closed would offer Oracle a competitive 

This affects the deployment story of JFX.

>   - We are likely to have some encumbrances that require a closed module for 
the time being for the binaries
> that we ship of JavaFX, for the sake of performance and such (e.g. T2K for 
>   - We will continue to work hard to replace those bits with free code

I hope that this is true for JFX, but OpenJDK has a mixed track record in this 
respect. Replacements were provided, but I don't see a strong and consistent 
push from Oracle to make the replacements as good as or better than the closed 


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