One of the things we talked about at the summit was what to about
Java programs in Fedora Core. People seemed pretty gung ho about work
in this area. Two concrete things to come out of this: we’d like to
get gcj-eclipse into FC4 (an unofficial “we”, hopefully RH will come
along), and, if we can get everything done in time, also gcjwebplugin.
The latter really seems like a stretch goal to me, there isn’t much
time and there is a lot of work to do.
I’m ready to make the gcjx branch on gcc.gnu.org, but I’m
strangely reluctant. I think my hangup is that I still haven’t worked
out all the details of how to build the thing. I’d like to put the
bulk of the compiler in a new top-level directory, but I don’t see how
to make the bootstrapping work in this case. In particular, it seems
to me that if we build a native compiler, we’d like to use the
just-build libstdc++ for gcjx. But, that is hard because that is a
target library and is built long after the parts of gcjx that interact