Sprekken with Dalibor Topic, Java Freedom Fighter

Given that today is the one year anniversary of the liberation of the Java platform I thought I would start my interviews from Sun's internal FOSS Summit with Dalibor Topic.

Dalibor has been a tireless champion for Free Java and has been instrumental in bringing several Java technology-oriented free software projects together such as GNU Classpath, Kaffe and GNU Compiler for Java.   Over the years, Dalibor has gone from Sun critic to supporter and, as of last JavaOne, he has been a member of the OpenJDK interim governance board.

The Interview with Dalibor (10:41)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

 


A little secret, Dalibor really is as friendly as he looks.

Topic's topics

(Sorry, I couldn't resist the bad pun.) The areas that we cover include the following:

  • The OpenJDK governance board: who's on it, where are they from and what are they working on in this "bootstrap" phase.
  • What are Dalibor's goals and vision for the OpenJDK community.
  • Why Simon and his blog are to blame.
  • What is "Iced Tea" and what are its goals.
  • What are Dalibor's thoughts and impressions of Sun's Summit?

 

More on Free Java's first anniversary

If you want to know whats been happening in the world of Free Java over the last year, check out Rich Sands' chronology that he posted yesterday.  The detailed JavaME perspective can be found in Terrence Barr's blog and for a personal "trip" through Free Java, check out Tom Marble's entry from earlier today (the Duke Hendrix album cover itself is worth the click). 

And for a perspective from outside the fiery orb, Mark Wielaard shared his memories here.

Update and Porters Club:  Since I posted, Dalibor has posted his own reminiscences and goals for the upcoming year.  Not only that but he's formed a Open JDK porters group:

The intent of this group is to discuss porting of OpenJDK to different 
platforms, and support projects undertaking such efforts. It will help
to integrate different porting projects into OpenJDK. Topics for
discussion include:

- Ports to new architectures
- Ports to new operating systems
- Collaboration with other OpenJDK porting projects

This group will have one mailing list. It is open to everyone.

Way cool! 

Pau for now...

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