[lsb-discuss] LSB/OpenJDK GSOC Draft

Dalibor Topic Dalibor.Topic at Sun.COM
Fri Mar 13 07:04:49 PDT 2009

Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
> In message <49B969FB.5050108 at sun.com>, Dalibor Topic 
> <Dalibor.Topic at Sun.COM> writes
>> Theodore Tso wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 02:12:00PM -0600, Kay Tate wrote:
>>>> "different" in line 4
>>>> Do we assume that the resulting product will still be "Java," or
>>>> should we mention standard testing?
>>> I thought about adding a requirement to use the TCK, but the TCK has
>>> interesting legal issues with respect to getting access to the TCK.
>> That would likely go beyond the time of the GSoC - setting the TCK
>> up can be a small project all by itself for someone new to it, not
>> to mention running something past it - it's huge.
> In which, the question is "do we want it to be standard java?".
> If the answer is "yes", then we should add something along the lines of 
> "while we don't expect the student to run it past the TCK, the work must 
> be done with the goal of it passing the TCK".

There is a slight semantic problem there - compatibility statements only 
really make sense for binaries, rather then source code, so it's 
orthogonal to any source code changes by themselves.

What you probably want there is to encourage the student to submit 
their changes to the corresponding projects in OpenJDK, where Fedora 
and RHEL build their TCK-tested binaries from, and let the downstream 
distributions that are doing their testing anyway work with the student 
to ensure that the potential changes if/when they are integrated are 
not breaking desirable properties of the resulting binaries, whether 
those are compatibility claims, performance, or stability.

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