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[fedora-java] gcjwebplugin has landed in Rawhide



Hi,

gcc-4.1.1-12, which contains libgcjwebplugin.so, went into Rawhide last night along with java-1.4.2-gcj-compat-plugin which installs an alternatives-managed
"libjavaplugin.so" symlink in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins.

I closed the long-standing "Inclusion of gcjwebplugin" bug:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=127537

and updated the release notes with a "Handling Java Applets" section:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/Java

Rawhide users can install gcjwebplugin with "yum install java-1.4.2-gcj-compat-plugin". Please try this out, file bugs and comment on the release note additions.

The GNU Classpath AWT and Swing code was in a state of flux when the backport that included gcjwebplugin was done (because of a large Java2D rewrite to make
the Cairo backend the default), so there are some regressions in AWT and Swing
applications for FC6test2.

My post-test2 plan for gcjwebplugin is to gage the reaction of Rawhide users, and also to do another GUI backport from GNU Classpath HEAD to Fedora's libgcj, to fix the AWT and Swing regressions. If the reaction turns out to be overly negative, even after the new AWT and Swing backport, we can always make gcjwebplugin not installed by default, for FC6test3. For FC6test2 though, it is installed by default if the Internet group is selected.

Tom


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