IcedTea-Web and OpenJDK

I posted 3 patches today

The first patch is for OpenJDK 9. It creates a hole that allows alternative plugin implementations to plug into (pardon the pun)  OpenJDK and make use of existing plugin-specific classes in OpenJDK.

The second and third patches are for IcedTea-Web. They allow IcedTea-Web to (progressively) build against OpenJDK8 and OpenJDK9.

What does this mean? Soon we might actually be able to build and run IcedTea-Web against OpenJDK. Yes, an Open Source/Free Software plugin running on top of OpenJDK (without any custom patches). Of course, a lot of this is still up in the air. The OpenJDK folks might not accept the patch, though I am hopeful they will – it’s very small and conservative.

Fun times ahead!

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