IcedTea

It seems to be good news day today, IcedTea is going public. This has a couple of interesting consequences:

  • It allows to build and bootstrap OpenJDK without any binary plugs. The disadvantage here is that the encumbered functionality isn’t available right now.
  • Distros that value freedom like Fedora and Debian can package this and include it in their main repositories.
  • People from outside the OpenJDK (especially but not limited to GNU Classpath) can play with the OpenJDK code without the need to go through the contribution process (which seems to be in a flux now and for some time beeing I guess).
  • The encumbered ‘interface’ is separated out nicely as stubs. This is much easier than going through the OpenJDK sources to find the necessary classes and methods. These ‘only’ have to be implemented then. I will have a look at how my rasterizer fits in there.
  • It kicks Sun (and the community) in the buttock to get their contribution process clean and lean, and to get the encumbrances fixed, otherwise they risk the community going to IcedTea instead of OpenJDK.
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2 Responses to IcedTea

  1. Dmitri Trembovetski says:

    > It kicks Sun (and the community) in the buttock

    Ouch! (rubs kicked buttock)

    > I will have a look at how my rasterizer fits in there.

    You might want to wait for this a bit. Jim is about to put back
    a better interface (and change our AA renderer to implement
    it) for the AA renderer which you can plug into.

    Dmitri

  2. Lillian says:

    kicks hard 🙂

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