Open Source and cryptography
Will the recent move towards open source have any implications on cryptography? I've never understood fully the reasons why the cryptography in the Java language is so much restrained (e.g. the code signing necessary to introduce a new cryptographic provider). Shurely, with all the open source cryptography everywhere, this does only hurt the end user.
I'm also very much interested if the Sun providers will also be open sourced. These are in the sun.* repositories, not so much in the java branch. If they aren't moved into open source, the O/S community should still have to do a lot of work to get an O/S JDK with ample cryptographic functionality. Of course, the javax.smartcardio libraries should also be included, but I suppose that is easier to accomplish.