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Call for participation: Free Java @ FOSDEM 2012

We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation in the FOSDEM 2012 Free Java DevRoom!

This marks the 9th year that the Free Java DevRoom has been a part of FOSDEM. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February 2012 Brussels, Belgium.

The Free Java DevRoom has become unique in that it has attracted upstream, downstream, distrbutors and Free Software hackers together in one venue. Topics range from the “deep technical” to “deep community”.

Join us for this year’s theme: “Free Java Momentum”
Check out our wiki for more details on the conference:
And join the freejava-devroom@lists.fosdem.org

Please submit one (or more) 30 minute talk proposal(s) by the 30th of December 2011 to fosdem@developer.classpath.org. A template for submitting a talk can be found at: http://wiki.debian.org/Java/DevJam/2012/Fosdem/CallForParticipation

Please join us!

–The Free Java DevRoom Organizing Committee
Andrew Haley, Red Hat
Dalibor Topic, Oracle
Dr Andrew John Hughes, Red Hat
Mark Wielaard, IcedTea
Sylvestre Ledru, Debian
Tom Marble, Informatique

p.s. We had some nice media coverage last year…

FLOSS Weekly 152: FOSDEM

Linux Outlaws 191 – Special: FOSDEM Coverage

Syndicated 2011-12-11 13:42:23 from Mark J. Wielaard

Moving the builder, planet and icedtea-backup servers

Unfortunately builder.classpath.org, planet.classpath.org and
icedtea.wildebeest.org (which acts as the icedtea backup server) need to
move to a different internet connection… twice…

First they will move today/tomorrow to a slower connection, and then one
or two weeks later they will hopefully move to a much faster connection.
Each time the IP addresses will change. This might cause some unexpected
downtime or make the servers unreachable for some time.

You might notice some warnings emitted when committing to one of the
repositories that trigger the buildbot when it cannot reach
builder.classpath.org. These are “harmless”, except that your commit
will not be tested by the autobuilders. So please be extra careful what
you commit in the next couple of days.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Syndicated 2011-12-08 11:26:48 from Mark J. Wielaard

Libre Java developer room at Fosdem 2012

The Fosdem 2012 Developer rooms have been announced. And Libre Java is one of them! I hope to see everybody again in Brussels on 4 and 5 February.

Syndicated 2011-11-11 08:19:31 from Mark J. Wielaard

LibreOffice – The Document Foundation – One Year


Let’s have a look at some numbers: we have 136 members who have been nominated for their contributions to the project; we have some 270 developers and 270 localizers (although we always want to attract more), many of whom are also members; we have over 100 mailing lists, with over 15,000 subscribers, half of whom receive all our announcements; and there have been thousands of articles in the media worldwide.

LibreOffice is the result of the combined activity of 330 contributors – including former OpenOffice.org developers – having made more than 25,000 commits

The Document Foundation celebrates its first anniversary


Syndicated 2011-09-28 14:57:05 from Mark J. Wielaard

openjdk.java.net is offline

From: mark.reinhold@oracle.com
Subject: openjdk.java.net is offline
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:06:30 -0700 (06/29/2011 08:06:30 AM)
Mailer: MH-E 8.2; nmh 1.3; GNU Emacs 23.1.1

Due to an unexpected cooling-system failure, openjdk.java.net and all of
its subdomains are offline.  Oracle IT and facilities teams are working
on the problem now.  At this point we do not expect service to be
restored before mid-morning tomorrow (Wednesday) Pacific time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

(In case you're wondering, you're receiving this message because you've
 sent a message to one or more OpenJDK mailing lists in the last thirty
 days.  Please pass this on to any other interested parties.)

- Mark

If people desperately need the code right now then we have some mirrors of the code on http://icedtea.classpath.org/hg/ and some more on the mirror of IcedTea itself http://icedtea.wildebeest.org/hg/ but only the main forests have been mirrored. If you find something missing then please leave a comment and I make sure we add it for next time the openjdk servers go down. The mirrors update every hour, so should have all of the recent changes.

Syndicated 2011-06-29 13:06:16 from Mark J. Wielaard

APNIC IPv4 Address Pool Reaches Final /8

That was quick…

We wish to inform you that as of Friday, 15 April 2011, the APNIC pool reached the Final /8 IPv4 address block


So, everybody ready for IPv6 yet?

Syndicated 2011-04-15 08:51:47 from Mark J. Wielaard

Announcing the IcedTea Buildbot

Over the last few weeks Xerxes and I have been experimenting with a buildbot setup which you can see at: http://builder.classpath.org/icedtea/buildbot/waterfall

It does various builds on ia32, x86_64 and arm buildslaves whenever a commit is pushed to icedtea6, icedtea7, icedtea-web or the testrepo. The slaves also test various alternative runtime setups (cacao, shark, zero). By doing continuous builds on all these various setups we hope to keep the projects green at all times.

More information and how to help extend the current setup on the mailing list.

Syndicated 2011-02-21 09:47:28 from Mark J. Wielaard

Freedom Box Project

Debian Freedom Box Project

The Debian Freedom Box Project has the cutest logo. I want one!

There is now also the The FreedomBox Foundation. They are raising some money through their “Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days” initiative.

Does anybody have recommendations for which of the targeted plug devices hardware to get?

Syndicated 2011-02-19 20:16:26 from Mark J. Wielaard

OpenJDK governance Score Card

Simon Phipps made a handy dandy OpenJDK governance Score Card. Taking the proposed OpenJDK Community Bylaws draft proposal, and measuring it against the Open-By-Rule Benchmark. So you can quickly see how the current draft is doing against the ten benchmark rules (“open”, “meritocratic”, “oligarchy”, “license”, “copyright aggregation”, “trademark”, “roadmap”, “co-developers”, “forking” and “transparency”). Scoring goes from -10 till 10…

Syndicated 2011-02-04 00:35:08 from Mark J. Wielaard

First thoughts on OpenJDK Community Bylaws

I am not really sure what to think about the proposed OpenJDK Community Bylaws. There are some very obvious issues in there:

  • The governance board is responsible for sufficient infrastructure for the members, but doesn’t have any resources for that.
  • There is a direct tie to the JCP and the platform JSRs, but those are currently published under license terms that are GPL-incompatible (See Moving Java forward through the JCP?).
  • Members are those that assign all rights to Oracle. (See Trusting companies with your code… and Oracle tries to destroy free java – now what?).
  • It doesn’t define the minimum (GPL) copyright, trademark and patent grants as used by the project (although it does mention it should be open-source).
  • The board consists of Oracle and IBM appointees, with only a minority for independent candidates (the second and third largest corporate contributors, Red Hat and Google are not even mentioned.)

I have posted a longer analysis to the mailinglist.

Hope those blockers can be fixed, but there is a long way to go IMHO.

Syndicated 2011-02-03 20:52:29 from Mark J. Wielaard

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