Using IcedTea in GCJ

Andrew Haley
Thu Jun 26 09:53:00 GMT 2008

Marco Trudel wrote:

> Now that IcedTea has passed the Java 1.6 compatibility test, I wonder
> what will happen to GCJ/GNU Classpath:
> - Will GCJ go and directly import IcedTea?
> - Will GNU Classpath slowly start to replace their components with
> IcedTea components and GCJ will keep importing GNU Classpath?

It's not legally possible to do that: only code assigned to the FSF may be
imported into the gcc tree.

> - Will GCJ/GNU Classpath die because IcedTea/OpenJDK is here? I observed
> a considerable decrease in activity at least for GCJ.
> Or will everything stay as it is and GCJ won't make use of IcedTea? As
> far as I understand, GCJ supports more platforms than IcedTea/OpenJDK.

I'm seriously considering porting gcj to the OpenJDK library.  There are
some complex GPL v2 / GPL v3 licensing issues to deal with, though.


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