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!