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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Still x86 Only...
by Dr_J on Thu 6th Apr 2006 01:01 UTC
Dr_J
Member since:
2005-07-06

While it is certainly welcomed to have Java 1.5 binaries, these are still only available for x86. So the headline is somewhat misleading.

I have a couple of servers on FreeBSD 6.0 that use SPARC chips, and I can't run some server applications that need Tomcat (because of Java). Sure, I could use Solaris, but I know FreeBSD a LOT better.

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RE: Still x86 Only...
by rycamor on Thu 6th Apr 2006 02:56 in reply to "Still x86 Only..."
rycamor Member since:
2005-07-18

It may take a few hours for your system to compile Java for your platform, but it's not that hard, and you only have to do it once.

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RE[2]: Still x86 Only...
by dr_gonzo on Thu 6th Apr 2006 10:33 in reply to "RE: Still x86 Only..."
dr_gonzo Member since:
2005-07-06

The Java is a binary only release, meaning that it can't be recompiled for other platforms.

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