Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2006 23:26 UTC
FreeBSD "The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the official Java Runtime Environment and Java Development Kit for FreeBSD. The Foundation negotiated a license with Sun Microsystems to distribute these FreeBSD binaries. The binaries are based on JDK 1.5 and work with the official FreeBSD 5.4 and FreeBSD 6.0 releases on the i386 platform."
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One step forward but two steps back?
by dr_gonzo on Thu 6th Apr 2006 00:15 UTC
dr_gonzo
Member since:
2005-07-06

While this is great news for FreeBSD, wouldn't it have been better in the long run for them to focus their efforts on the free java implementation?

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

While this is great news for FreeBSD, wouldn't it have been better in the long run for them to focus their efforts on the free java implementation?

This is basically a short-term solution.

In this case, FreeBSD didn't have to reimplement all of the java libraries, which form the core of the Java platform. They just have to reimplement the JNI code. This allows them to push out a working, stable and possibly optimized java implementation in less time.

In its present status, free java is not enterprise-ready yet and FreeBSD is used extensively on servers, so a stable java implementation would be very useful.

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pcbsdusr Member since:
2006-01-23

I'd say one jump forward for freeBSD, two steps back for their efforts on the free java implementation.

I use PC-BSD (FreeBSD 6.0) and this sounds great!

*UPDATE*

Flash support and OSS are the only things i have trouble with although PBI's make it much easier. PC-BSD uses Linux's Flash and it works fine(after fiddling for a couple of minutes...).

Edited 2006-04-06 00:43

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bullethead Member since:
2005-07-10

It WILL be better in the long run. The race has begun awhile back, it's not time for the peak sprint yet ;)

I'm all for a free Java implementation. Give it time and it will happen. If not by just the community, by Sun themselves. We'll have to wait and see. Those who think I am crazy? I've seen stranger things happen in my lifetime. Linux Expos being full of people with suits and ties for one ;) I also saw IBM spraypaint "Peace, Love and Linux" penguins all over the streets of New York a few years ago.

Time will tell.

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