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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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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