Sun and Red Hat talk Open JDK
By barton808 on Jun 26, 2008
At last week's Red Hat summit I grabbed Boston local and Sun employee Rich Sands and Toronto-ite/Red Hat employee Tom Fitzsimmons for a podcast. Rich is the Sun marketing guy for OpenJDK and Tom is one of the key engineers at Red Hat who've been working on IcedTea/OpenJDK. (Last time I met Tom was at JavaOne where we did this podcast).
The day was a particularly auspicious one for not only was it the day Boston was celebrating the Celtics victory with a humungous parade, but it was also the day it was announced that the OpenJDK in Fedora 9 passed the Java TCK.
Rich Sands of Sun (left) and Tom Fitzsimmons of Red Hat (funny thing is Tom is only 5'8")
Some of the topics we tackle:
- The people who make up the Red Hat/Fedora Iced Tea team.
- The significance of passing the TCK and what a milestone achievement it is
- Tom as the demo-dude floor demonstrating OpenJDK in Fedora on the show floor and the reactions he's been getting.
- What's coming for Fedora 10
- What about the Java plugin and Webstart from Sun and the implementations of these that Fedora has created
- JRuby and Jython running on OpenJDK in Fedora