Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
One of the most recently added features to the Fedora 8 feature list is IcedTea, which is the open-source version of Java (OpenJDK). The plan is to make IcedTea the default JPackage environment and will replace GCJ. There are Fedora packages for IcedTea already maintained (at ClassPath.org) and the dependencies needed to build IcedTea can already be found in Fedora Rawhide. What's left to be accomplished is resolving issues pertaining to questionable license headers, while lower on the totem pole is integration with the open-source Java web-plugin (gcjwebplugin) followed by PPC and PPC64 support. If IcedTea doesn't make the cut for Fedora 8, GCJ will be left in as the default JPackage environment. More information on the OpenJDK plans for Fedora 8 can be found in the Fedora Project Wiki.