[kaffe] Future directions for Kaffe
tim.bevan at 1spatial.com
Mon Mar 26 10:34:40 PDT 2007
Jim Pick wrote:
>It's been a quiet month on the mailing list so far. That's partly my
>fault, I think, since the mailing list was broken for some time.
>It looks like the last CVS commit was 5 weeks ago.
>I see Dalibor went to FOSDEM, and did some talking about Kaffe there.
>So I'm assuming that the project isn't dead, it's just somewhat dormant.
> It's been somewhat dead/dormant throughout much of it's history, but
>it's still here, isn't it? :-)
>And clearly, all the free Java runtimes and Classpath are in a state of
>transition, as we wait for Sun to release the rest of OpenJDK.
>I'd like to liven up the list a bit, and maybe start a bit of discussion
>on where Kaffe should go next.
>Here are some things I'd like to talk about:
>* Technically speaking, I'm still the project leader, by virtue of
>rescuing it from the ashes of Transvirtual. But Dalibor is really the
>guy who has been doing most of the work. I'm not really doing much with
>Kaffe personally, so if anybody else wants to step up and be a real
>project leader, feel free to volunteer. I'm still happy to keep hosting
>the project and helping out with the releases.
Dalibor has been doing a great job.
>* Speaking of releases, we really should do another release sometime.
Yes please. I would like a stable version containing the fixes I needed.
>* I also haven't been responding to emails asking me for help getting
>Kaffe to run. I'd like to, but since I don't even have it working for
>myself, I'm not really in a position to help out. I get so much spam
>nowadays that I hardly even use email anymore. I notice that most
>requests for help to the mailing list are going unanswered as well.
Fraid I get the IT department to compile and install for me, so I know
relatively little about these problems.
>* If anybody is currently doing something interesting with Kaffe, or has
>any aspirations for it, please send some email to the list! We need the
>ideas and the traffic!
Nothing interesting here. I've used Kaffe running under valgrind to
detect bugs in our C code accessed via JNI. We were unable to detect
these problems any other way because the Sun JVM defeated most of our
At present I dont really have an alternative to this (Windows purify
started spotting additional problems once valgrind had detected the
first one - they do detect different problems), but I would love to know
of one. Thankfully such problems are rare, but typically are discovered
at critical times - they are not keen to do a port to Linux just to find
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