The end of the beginning of OpenJDK6
I heard Joe Darcy use this phrase .. it's the end of the beginning .. so, yeah, that's about right. "The code is coming! The code is coming!" -- "The code is here!!" is the official announcement of something we have been working hard to achieve. The source drop for OpenJDK 6 is now available. See http://download.java.net/openjdk/jdk6/
This is a very early release, there are bugs, and if you build from these sources they do not yet produce a compliant binary. The latter is being worked on.
Another recent related and important bit of news is the clearing of a major encumbrance .. [OpenJDK 2D-Dev] imaging and color classes binary plugs no longer needed (soon) discusses how we've recently gotten the rights necessary to relicense under the GPL the source for some classes critical to image and graphics rendering. The code is not yet in the OpenJDK6 release, we expect to get it there soon.
This 'end' is just the beginning of a new phase, because there is more work ahead in this. We have made an important step, but we are on a journey and this is only one of the steps along this path.
(11:09:40 AM) mr: http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/announce/2008-February/000056.html
(12:23:11 PM) rkennke: roman@mercury:~/src/openjdk6/control/make$ ../build/linux-i586/bin/java -cp ~/src/test HelloWorld
(12:23:11 PM) rkennke: Hello World
(12:23:18 PM) rkennke: hurray!