Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2008 20:50 UTC, submitted by Mark Wielaard
Java The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK using Free Software build tools and provides replacements libraries for the binary plugs with code from the GNU Classpath project. This release adds the "Zero-assembler" port which will allow IcedTea to run with zero (ok, minimal) porting effort on any GNU/Linux architecture that has a gcc and libffi port available. JNLP support has been added through the addition of NetX, which makes a lot of java webstart applications work out of the box. Check out the screenshots. Gary Benson will give a talk about the zero-assembler port at FOSDEM during the free Java developer meeting where GNU Classpath, OpenJDK and many other Free Java projects come together to plan the future of Free Java on GNU/Linux.
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by kajaman on Wed 13th Feb 2008 23:35 UTC
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Great, that's fantastic.

Currently I run setup, where I have 64-bit version of IcedTea installed on my laptop to launch desktop applications and applets. Works with both 90% of times to all what I need. But I have also installed 32bit version of Java _just_ for running java web start applications. And I also have 64 bit official Java from Sun installed, which I use to launch apps that refuse to work properly with icedtea (like netbeans to some point).

I hope that after installing Java I can dramatically reduce number of Java VM's on my machine ;D.

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