If we were to abandon AWT/Swing, migrating to SWT might be another option.
I don't think it would be easy, but at least it's actively maintained:
https://www.openhub.net/p/swt/contributors/summary

2018-03-09 10:40 GMT+01:00 Dirk Stöcker <openstreet...@dstoecker.de>:

> On Thu, 8 Mar 2018, Richard wrote:
>
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 08:36:21AM +0100, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>>
>> You could sit down today and re-implement everything in, say, C++, and
>>> it would be relatively straightforward, and while the result would not
>>> share any of JOSM's codebase, it would still encapsulate all the
>>> experience and brainpower that has flown into JOSM development over the
>>> years.
>>>
>>
>> true in principle but you would need a protable GUI that doesn't suck or
>> you end up programming for at least 3 platforms with 3 sets of bugs,
>> 3 sets of dependencies etc.
>>
>
> Reimplementing an existing software like JOSM which has an estimated cost
> of more than hundred development years (https://www.openhub.net/p/josm)
> in another language in an non-profit OS application is doomed to fail in my
> eyes. The motivation for a programmer to take an existing software and
> reimplement everything again is low. For a very long time you will not have
> something which is usable and inbetween you have tasks to do, but no
> positive feedback. That may work when the people are paid for it, but not
> when programmers need to be motivated. I'd consider people beeing motived
> by such a task very strange. :-)
>
> Rather than that if JOSM really dies some of the better ideas of it will
> be taken and implemented in existing or new software (which BTW is already
> happening, e.g. osmosis taking the Validator MapCSS or many other things).
>
> If there is a way to automatically convert the code and start with a
> working base, then the situation is different...
>
> But I also don't think this is necessary (ATM).
>
>
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