First of all, I'm sorry for the cross-post, but I hope you'll find this
While we all are extasiated with Sun GPLed JDK releases, I'm afraid many
are missing the fact JavaOne call for papers was already opened and the
deadline for submissions is at *December, 15*. We never had a better
climate for presentations related to free software Java projects and it
would be wonderful to have everyone there: Classpath, GCJ, Kaffe,
Java-Gnome, JPackage, IKVM, Cacao, Sable, ...
You may be wondering: “What will I do at the big Sun tradeshow as a open
source hacker”? There you'll find a great pool of potential users and
contributors, most of all already oldtime users of free software like
Ant, Maven, Eclipse, Tomcat or JBoss. But few of them who actually
realized all free software can do for them. Most of them will still be
puzzled by Sun OpenJDK announcement.
The general Linux and free software community, and the general Java
community, share many of the same goals and also share many ideas on how
to get there. But most of the time they don't talk to each other. There
a lot of misunderstadings from each other but I believe both have much
to learn from the other. Java developers are yet too much
corporate-driven and they need our help on how to become community-driven.
Of course, many of you earn you living as open source consultants,
techinical writers, or selling other IT services. The event would be a
big showroom for potential customers. :-)
I was there twice as a speaker, and offer my help to anyone wishing to
submit proposals. And even if your proposal isn't selected, or you
afraid to speak in a room that may have more than a thousand people, I
may get you a place at the Java.Net community corner.
If you do sumbit a talk and it is accepted, please mail me so I can see
you and announce it in java.net.
s, Fernando Lozano
At EclipseCon 2006, Ben Konrath and I met Matt Ryan from Novell. We talked
about the general issues hurting Eclipse adoption in the Linux and FOSS
communities. Matt took the lead out of our conversations and along with
“Eclipse people” from other major distros, we proposed  the “Eclipse on
Linux Distributions” project at eclipse.org.
Last week, the project had its Creation Review  and it was a success!
I’d like to see most, if not all, of the work that our group is doing —
ChangeLog, autotools, specfile editing, packaging tools, etc. — get more
visibility as part of this project. We’re also looking forward to
collaborating with developers and packagers from other distributions.
Having this work under the eclipse.org umbrella will give it better
exposure and hopefully help in achieving our goal of bringing Eclipse
technology to Linux distribution users.
As usual, everyone is invited to join in our work. We hope to see some of
you on IRC (#fedora-java), fedora-devel-java-list(a)redhat.com, the upstream
mailing lists (linux-distros-dev(a)eclipse.org ... at least for now - it may
change to be linuxtools-dev(a)eclipse.org but that's yet to be finalized),
Attached is a patch to add an automake editor extension to the autotools
plugin. It is just a re-use of the CDT's existing Makefile editor for
now, but it at least gives us syntax highlighting :)
Okay to commit?
2006-12-01 Andrew Overholt <overholt(a)redhat.com>
* src/com/redhat/eclipse/cdt/autotools/editors/automake: New directory.
New file. Simple extension of MakefileEditor for now.
* plugin.xml: Add automake editor.