6 Jan 2003 tromey   » (Master)

I survived another holiday.

gcj 3.3

Work proceeds. As usual, a ton of patches have been waiting for the final stage of the release process. So now I'm spending a lot of time on gcj again. On the one hand this bodes ill for quality. On the other hand, we're pretty careful to test the patches we put in, and these days we have a large (but by no means comprehensive) test suite.

It's nice to see Anthony and rmathew here; both gcj hackers.

The New Year

I've thought a little about my hacking goals for the new year. Many revolve around gcj 3.4. In particular I'd like to get AWT working this year (probably achievable) get serialization working (or at least escalated to "don't break this" for patches), and pre-compile Eclipse ("stretch goal").

I also plan to do some work on the build tool. Ideally we'd have our first release this year. Whether that is possible depends on whether other people help out.

Perhaps this year I'll finally get started on the free software movie. It has been stalled since the funding didn't work out a couple years ago. These days I'm planning a different, low-cost approach: film it myself on DV, edit it myself with software I write (or find, though the state of video editing in the free software world is not that great). Most likely I'll start by working on my script and plans, and then interviewing local free software folks. There are other film possibilities, but that seems like a practical approach, given that it is readily broken down into smaller parts.

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