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    Phoronix: IcedTea Project Goes To The Web

    Back in 2007 the IcedTea project was created by Red Hat for a completely open-source Linux OpenJDK package after Sun Microsystems had opened up most of Java. Since then IcedTea has moved to being based off of OpenJDK6 and this free software project continues to flourish. Today OpenJDK has come to the web in the form of IcedTea-Web. IcedTea-Web delivers on an open IcedTea-powered Java web-browser plug-in and Java Web Start support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTA3MQ

  • #2
    I thought that was supposed to work already. Maybe that explains why I always found it so flakey.

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    • #3
      The plugin has been working for ages here, been compiling IcedTea6 for over a year now

      Maybe they've made it work stand alone or something

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      • #4
        Trying not to be troll-y, but... who cares? Are there seriously any Java apps left on the web that haven't been replaced by Flash? Or even Silverlight or HTML5?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elanthis View Post
          Trying not to be troll-y, but... who cares? Are there seriously any Java apps left on the web that haven't been replaced by Flash? Or even Silverlight or HTML5?
          Gaydar chat is the main one I use it for, but like most plugins you only notice you need it when it's not there

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          • #6
            As a matter of fact there are a number of games out there that use java, like Runescape, which I think is the second most popular MMORPG, next to World of Warcraft

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            • #7
              minecrap uses java. fuckin addicting crap that is.

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              • #8
                The bankID service in Norway is java-based, so while the internet banking sites are usually html over https, you need java to log in.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dnebdal View Post
                  The bankID service in Norway is java-based, so while the internet banking sites are usually html over https, you need java to log in.
                  I second the bankID service that appears to be taking over banking in Norway. It only recently began to work with IcedTea for me.

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                  • #10
                    RoutePlanners work with it and some other things. I think the WebStart part was always missing. Other parts worked so so.

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                    • #11
                      IcedTea-Web Project Status

                      I'm the maintainer of IcedTea and a developer on the IcedTea-Web project, maintained by Deepak Bhole. IcedTea-Web is the plugin and Web Start implementation developed by the IcedTea team that originally lived in the IcedTea trees. We've separated it out into a new project so that its release cycle is separate from that of the IcedTea distribution of OpenJDK. This provides a number of advantages. The main one is that there is no longer any need to rebuild and test the entire JDK to get plugin/javaws updates, which should mean that bug fixes and security updates get to end users quicker. Additionally, it gives greater prominence to the work being done on this items (as this article demonstrates). Oracle have never released their plugin or Web Start implementation as Free or Open Source Software (FOSS) so the version supplied by IcedTea and now IcedTea-Web is a completely independent implementation. You can use IcedTea-Web with existing IcedTea releases now by building IcedTea with --disable-webstart --disable-plugin and then pointing IcedTea-Web at your IcedTea installation. In the future, it may also be possible to use the IcedTea plugin and Web Start with other JDKs. However, at present, it is limited to IcedTea only.

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