Glad to see most of the JDK code released under GPL now. Great news and reason to celebrate a little with a bottle of wine! Cheers!

I just finished downloading the OpenJDK source code. I’m glancing over it now. Some pieces that I have immediate interest right now (because they’re bugging me at work) unfortunately aren’t there, in this case java.awt.image.*** Too bad. I’m trying to mix in some GNU Classpath classes and see how that works. Besides that, I quickly suscribed to a couple of mailing lists. In the next weeks I’ll check if and how I could possibly help out.

It is my hope that the contribution process will pan out nicely, so that it is not too hard for non-Sun contributors to get in the game. That should be a high priority for Sun too, because what is it worth to free the code without building a healthy community around it.

Thanks Sun! That is certainly a great milestone that is likely to change the software landscape significantly.

Nice to see Dalibor in the governance board.

PS: That feels so good. And Classpath shines in there too 😉

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About Roman Kennke
JVM Hacker, Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat's OpenJDK team, Shenandoah GC project lead, Java Champion

One Response to OpenJDK

  1. Uzytkownik says:

    I hope GNU Classpath and Java Stdlib will merge. Both has something to offer themselvs.

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