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With the rise of github and the recent move of the Eclipse foundation to a social coding model, more and more people are wondering why participation in OpenJDK (the open source reference implementation of Java SE) isn’t keeping up with the times. A small group of people from the LJC and Adopt OpenJDK are trying to solve this problem by building Betterrev.
Betterrev is a platform that enables social participation in Openjdk, that works by hooking up repositories into Atlassian Bitbucket - ‘Github for mercurial’. Its goal is reduce barriers to entry and participation in OpenJDK. Down the line we’re hoping to tie into a build and test platform, so that community contributors can have their patches tested on any system from a macbook air, to an IBM mainframe.