Linked by Tony Arcieri on Thu 15th May 2003 00:46 UTC
Internet & Networking When you think of platforms upon which you would deploy a Java Application Server, FreeBSD probably isn't the first one that comes to mind. However, I hope to show in this tutorial how easy it is to deploy Apache Tomcat on a FreeBSD system, complete with a native build of the JDK.
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*BSD needs Java for enterprise mindshare
by Pete on Thu 15th May 2003 06:08 UTC

Firstly, my thanks to Greg Lewis and others for keeping the Java port alive. It's a pity Sun won't chuck a few dollars towards 'official port' status.

Like most readers of this thread I've heard all the good publicity regarding FreeBSD and how it's more fun to use that Linux.

However, I'm a Java developer by trade and convincing me and others to try one of the BSDs is difficult when none of the commonly used tools (DB2, Oracle, NetBeans, Eclipse) are supported and the JDK doesn't pass Sun's JCK.

Sure, you might get them to run under emulation but if you're going to emulate linux might one just as well run Linux? ;)

Disappointing when one of the project leaders interviewed on this site a week or so ago dismissed it as a non-issue. And yet While there are patches for JDK 1.4 to build it out of the ports collection, they are currently not production quality.

So, I'm curious
i. how far away is a usable JDK 1.4?
ii. Installing the Linux JDK in order to compile the FreeBSD seems like overkill. What dependencies does this bootstrapping resolve that could otherwise be eliminated?

Perhaps when I get a new box for home I'll install it myself.