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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [arch] VM Candidate : JikesRVM http://jikesrvm.sourceforge.net/
Date Tue, 24 May 2005 01:48:46 GMT

On May 23, 2005, at 9:35 PM, Renaud BECHADE wrote:

> >It would be great if people would bundle Harmony with stuff (and  
> plan
> >to do it w/ Geronimo when that time comes), bit it's way out of  
> scope
> >for *this* project to get into the business of reditributing  
> software
> >from outside of the ASF.
> Hum... I still think there is a minimum distribution effort to be  
> done (call
> that marketing if you want) to get people to actually test the VM,  
> as in the
> beginning it might be very, very, very unlikely that absolutely  
> everything
> runs out of the box as replacement for J2SE 5 or 6... So we will  
> need to
> help them try it out.

Yes! And this is classic behavior for OSS projects - once you have  
something useful, you go out and proselytize, helping other projects  
see the value, and use it.

So you go out and get Eclipse to bundle with it, you get Geronimo to  
bundle with it, you get JBoss to bundle with it, you get JOnAS to  
bundle with it, you get Tomcat to bundle with it, you get....

And then you learn from their bundling efforts and make the thing  
even easier to use in that way.

But distributing Eclipse or JBoss from here?  No....

> Just think of it in OS terms as a
> micro-bootable-live-CD-to-demo-it-actually-works-on-useful-cases (a  
> stuff
> for decision makers). Bundling with 1 or 2 apps we/the ASF did not  
> write is
> not to be covered by NIH syndrome in my opinion, but rather a way  
> to prove
> it actually works to decision makers. (After all, mono bundles mono  
> with
> monodevelop [or rather monodevelop with mono, I think], and Sun  
> bundles
> Netbeans with J2SE...)

I'd prefer we don't re-distribute other people's software unless part  
of the distribution for which the Apache project provides top-line  


> To come back to more soft-only concerns, IMHO providing  
> distributors with
> the minimum tool they need to polish the VM-to-VM discrepancies and  
> external
> developers the minimum tools they need to test their soft on the  
> Harmony VM
> (and get a chance to actually do something - not just: 'it does not  
> work' -
> if it does not work the way they planned it) might be a big ROI,
> comparatively small effort.

That's an entirely different kettle of fish, and I support that.

> A VM without the bare minimum support tools might appear a bit  
> useless to
> many people (and also impractical to test with an ergonomic, long- 
> lasting
> experience of beautiful-looking piece of software). If you take,  
> say, the
> FreeBSD case, you don’t have much choice for instance for the VM  
> you use
> with your favorite IDE, so that ipso facto you stick with the VM  
> you get in
> stock (because the other VMs might be good, but if it’s a  
> nightmare to
> reconfigure it all to use your VM of choice with your favorite  
> IDE...), just
> like IE sticks with many win$ users.

I don't understand this argument.  If our J2SE implementation is  
feature-comparable to the one from Sun, IBM or BEA, why would we need  
to add Eclipse onto it?

> As a use case, if I want to test a piece of software, well I would  
> like it
> to be kind of "download it and play".

Yes!  So we go out there and get everyone to bundle with our J2SE  
distribution.  We go there, do the work, and help them. :)


Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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