February 01, 2011
Mark Wielaard: New GPG key.
Finally created a new GPG key using gnupg. The old one was a DSA/1024 bits one and 8 years old. The new one is a RSA/2048 bits one. I will use the new one in the future to sign any release tarballs I might create. pub 2048R/57816A6A 2011-01-29 Key f...
February 01, 2011
Andrew Hughes: [SECURITY] IcedTea6 1.7.8, 1.8.5, 1.9.5 Released!.
We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.8, IcedTea6 1.8.5 and IcedTea6 1.9.5.
This update contains the following security updates:
The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 u...
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Controversial JCP Election Nears Resolution: Voting Ends November 1
The most controversial JCP Executive Committee Election in recent history is fast approaching resolution: voting ends at Midnight Pacific Time November 1 (Universal Time: 8:00 AM on November 2). Plenty has been written about the election. Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart provides a compendium of key commentary in his "On the JCP EC Nominees and the Deprecation of Java on Mac OS X" post on the Aquarium blog.
You could say that what's happened, and is happening, is a continuation of the fallout from Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Of course, another way of looking at it is that this is part of the continued fallout from Sun's inability to maintain itself as viable corporate entity (i.e., one that turns a profit) in the post-dot-com-crash global economy. It's hard to be lead steward of a major technology when you're laying off thousands of excellent employees and staying just a few months ahead of bankruptcy.
From what I've seen over the years, standards committees that involve major corporations (and most software standards organizations do) are always fraught with dispute and intrigue, secret and not-so-secret bullying, and protests of innocence (sometimes justified, sometimes not), as the companies and other involved organizations fight over standardization elements that might ultimately provide themselves with a competitive advantage. Obviously, some companies are worse than others in this regard. And some o...
Date: October, 28 2010