OpenJDK 6: A changing of the guard
By darcy on Feb 28, 2011
The first public source drop of OpenJDK 6 went out just over three years ago. I've been the release manager for the project for all that time and for the preceding six months while the effort was incubating inside of Sun. Somewhat later than anticipated at the start, all initial goals for the project have long been met, with a public master code repository worked on by both the internal and external community members and a code base that can be used to build a fully compatible implementation of Java SE 6. Combined with the IcedTea 6 set of patches and additions, the code from OpenJDK 6 is used to build the JDK packaged with many Linux distributions.
However, to have more time to spend on other projects, effective immediately I've turned over release management responsibilities for OpenJDK 6 to my colleague Kelly O'Hair. Kelly has considerable experience with JDK development in general and OpenJDK 6 in particular. Kelly has made major contributions to OpenJDK 6 throughout all phases of the project, starting from its inception, to the synthesis of its public Mercurial repositories with history information, to the recent purging of the despised binary plugs.
While I have some sadness in relinquishing leadership of the project, I'm happy to be leaving OpenJDK 6 release management in Kelly's capable hands.