News of the Adopt OpenJDK program was released a little early. We need about another week before the formal launch, stay tuned!
This program is intended to encourage members of JUGs to get involved in the OpenJDK and to evangelise the OpenJDK work to the wider Java community in order to increase grass roots participation.
You learn about F/OSS technology, unit testing, and contributing to large source code projects. You also get some other benefits
An overall guideline for this program is that we want to gather up the enthusiasm and skill sets of Java developers around the world, but then focus their efforts at specific areas within the OpenJDK. For example, this means that we'll encourage most 'Adopt OpenJDK' members to tackle library level and/or low hanging fruit categories of changes (we acknowledge that we're not all language designers). A smaller number of JUG members who are really qualified in the area of library design, hotspot internals etc (if you think syntax is the important bit, then this probably isn't you) will be encouraged to contribute more directly. This of course includes enthusiasts who are willing to put in the time to really learn about this stuff. As Yara from SouJava pointed out at Devoxx, this is a great opportunity to also mentor budding experts in the various parts of the OpenJDK, so that there is a path for those who want to travel it!
Any time you need help please mail the JUG leaders list
There are a couple of steps you should take if you are going to contribute to the OpenJDK
This section covers the myriad ways in which you can contribute to the Adopt OpenJDK program
Read Alex Blewitt's blog post for some background information
There are two parts to this. Project Jigsaw itself and project Penrose, a splinter project investigating OSGi/Jigsaw interaction
See JSR 335 at http://java.net/projects/jugs/pages/AdoptAJSR