> Since I see that you wrote Gentoo's Java documentation, I thought that
> you might be the best person to whom I should direct this inquiry.
> I have been wondering as to whether Gentoo has any intentions of
> offering GNU Java a la GCC-GCJ as a functional Java engine, much like
> what Redhat did with Fedora Core 4. Are there any future plans to even
> offer GNU Java?
We already have it. You have to merge gcc with the 'gcj' useflag (and
possibly also 'gtk' if you want the Gtk+ AWT peers).
It is not available separately from gcc. After talking to the RedHat
guys, we decided to keep it in the gcc package.
That being said, we're not really spending too much time ensuring that
our packages work properly with gcj yet. We only have limited manpower,
and the gcj "platform" is currently a bit immature, though improving in
leaps and bounds. I know there have a few nice "poster-child examples"
which shows gcj really shines over a traditional JRE/JDK.
If you're interested in supplying patches for our existing packages, for
example the "poster-child examples", you're of course free to do so. I
suggest you mail email@example.com about any such endeavour.
-- Karl T
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