Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2008 20:50 UTC, submitted by Mark Wielaard
Java The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK using Free Software build tools and provides replacements libraries for the binary plugs with code from the GNU Classpath project. This release adds the "Zero-assembler" port which will allow IcedTea to run with zero (ok, minimal) porting effort on any GNU/Linux architecture that has a gcc and libffi port available. JNLP support has been added through the addition of NetX, which makes a lot of java webstart applications work out of the box. Check out the screenshots. Gary Benson will give a talk about the zero-assembler port at FOSDEM during the free Java developer meeting where GNU Classpath, OpenJDK and many other Free Java projects come together to plan the future of Free Java on GNU/Linux.
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RE: Great Work but ...
by sbergman27 on Thu 14th Feb 2008 04:29 UTC in reply to "Great Work but ..."
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It's great work ... but it amazes me how long it took to get to the point of truly open jdk. I'm also a bit surprised people are motivated to do the work .... like a lot of developers I have not written Java in quite some time! Back in the glory days I remember being excited about Kaffee :-).

This is not entirely an appropriate comment. But I can't help but being reminded of a thought that crosses my mind from time to time:

Open Source is where dying companies go to die.

By that I certainly don't mean that adopting an OSS strategy is a bad idea. But it seems to me that companies really have to be backed into a corner to see that. And by the time they do, they are in bad enough shape that the news stories are all about "Can Linux save Zombie, Inc.?" And, of course, they've waited too long and the cancer was too advanced for OSS to help.

But in this case, I think that the patient might live. Sun is alive and kicking and making some solid decisions.

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