OpenJDK 6: Sources for b10 published

On May 30, the OpenJDK 6 b10 source bundle was published. Notable fixes in this build include:

With the removal of the binary plug for sound, the only remaining plug in OpenJDK 6 is for SNMP support. Work continues to address the remaining copyright and licensing concerns in the code base. Some regression tests, such as those in networking and javax.script, should probably be modified to more easily accept configuration options without having to modify the source of the tests; discussion on how best to do that has started.

Comments:

"the only remaining plug in OpenJDK 6 is for SNMP support"

It's great the the binary plugs are disappearing! I'm wondering, though, about a part that never even made it that far. The Java plugin.

The plugin, of course, is an important part of the Java platform. But there is currently no open alternative that can be recommended for general use. As a practical example, many Ubuntu users are having to uninstall open-jdk6 packages and replace them with sun-java6-plugin (and dependants) binary-only package.

Is there a plan to improve this situation for openjdk6?

Thanks,

-james.

Posted by James Stansell on June 13, 2008 at 03:36 AM PDT #

Fedora has had an open source java plugins since the previous release, with IcedTea. Currently, Fedora 9 uses the new OpenJDK 6 source bundles and has a plugin rpm as well -

java-1.6.0-openjdk-plugin-1.6.0.0-0.15.b09.fc9

I see no reason why Ubuntu does not have this as well. I have not used the binary only JDK packages for some time now.

Posted by naveed on June 13, 2008 at 06:11 AM PDT #

Ubuntu has a plugin - icedtea-gcjwebplugin is the package name I think. It can't be recommended for general use because too many applets don't work (especially ones that require the javascript bridge.)

I'll try to check out the fedora plugin sometime. Thanks!

Posted by James Stansell on June 14, 2008 at 05:37 AM PDT #

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