Are JBS' policies flexible enough to welcome the JavaFX community?

Chris Newland cnewland at
Thu Apr 16 19:29:16 UTC 2015

+1 to all of these.

I've had the same frustrating experience as many with doing a
 good impression of /dev/null

I think with OpenJFX it's even more important to involve the community
given the far more diverse range of devices that the code needs to run on.
The Oracle team can't be expected to have the time or access to devices so
rely on us to report issues they might never encounter and test the
proposed fixes.

A community area to report, track, and feed back on OpenJFX issues is
clearly needed and I thought the JIRA worked well but now we need a

I'll throw my hat into the ring and volunteer some time and server cycles
if helpful?

I've got a public OpenJFX CI server running here
and I'd be happy to drop some forum software on it if folks think that
would help?

Left-field idea:

I recently reported a Canvas performance bug and Jim Graham pushed a
webrev patch that I merged into my CI to produce a test build. Would it be
of any use if I made a webapp that integrated with and
allowed you to select OpenJFX webrevs and have it spit out overlay sdk



On Thu, April 16, 2015 16:30, Ryan Jaeb wrote:
> I realize that the lifting the OCA requirement is basically impossible.
> I
> included it in the original topic because others mentioned it as a concern.
> I completely understand why it needs to be a requirement and I
> don't think anyone can fault Oracle if they're non-negotiable on having
> contributors sign the OCA.
> In my case, Mario is correct.  The author requirement is the issue.  It
> may not seem like a big deal to someone who's a veteran code committer,
> but, classifying myself as an OpenJDK user, just getting to the point
> where I could create, build, and test a patch locally would be a fair
> amount of work.  Suffice it to say that, for me, trying to achieve an
> author status isn't a good use of my time if all I want to do report bugs
> as I encounter them.
> I don't think is a good solution.  It's antiquated.  It's
> also not reasonable to expect people like me to sign the OCA and go
> through the extra effort necessary to create a good bug report if those
> contributions aren't valued enough to warrant the ability to comment or
> vote on the bugs we're discovering.
> I think it's far more likely that people like me will use other sources
> for reporting issues; the OTN forums, the mailing lists, StackOverflow,
> etc.. No one has to sign the OCA to participate in that manner.  If people
> like me are forced out of the official bug reporting system you're not
> only losing those contributions, but you're encouraging everyone to make
> those contributions in a manner that's not going to be covered by the OCA.
> Mario's suggestion to have new users sign the OCA, contribute via the
> mailing list, and be promoted to a more permissive role in JBS would work
> for me.  I also think it leaves the door open for new community members
> as long as they're willing to make a reasonable amount of effort.  The
> only thing I'll add is that I think an openjfx-users list would probably
> be worth considering.
> Ryan Jaeb
> On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 7:16 AM, Mario Torre <neugens at> wrote:
>> I personally think the real pain point here is the inability to file
>> bug reports if you are not an Author.
>> """
>> An Author for a Project is a Contributor who has been granted the right
>> to create changesets intended to be pushed into a specific Project’s
>> code repositories, but does not have the right to push such changesets
>> directly. """
>> Where:
>> """
>> A Contributor is a Participant who has signed the Oracle Contributor
>> Agreement (OCA), or who works for an organization that has signed that
>> agreement or its equivalent and makes contributions within the scope of
>> that work and subject to that agreement. A Contributor may submit
>> changes larger than a simple patch, may propose new Projects, and may
>> take on various roles within Groups and Projects. """
>> I think the bug database should be write accessible to Contributors
>> with an history of quality contributions, not necessarily patches.
>> This basically means that a contributor could still file bug reports
>> (at
>> the beginning on the mailing list, until she gets the appropriate trust
>> points, then on the JBS) without requiring to submit patches.
>> After all, a good bug report *is* a quality contribution.
>> I wish the OCA requirement could be lifted for such contribution, but I
>>  don't think in all honesty this will ever happen.
>> Btw, what are the numbers here? How many people do usually contribute
>> to OpenJFX that are not in the in the position to become Authors?
>> Cheers.
>> Mario

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