OpenBSD Journal

Please support Java port to BSD

Contributed by louis on from the not-quite-platform-independent-yet dept.

John Daniels asks for your support for a *BSD port of Sun's JDK: "In November 1999 a request for enhancement (RFE) was opened at Sun's Java Developer's Connection titled: Port jdk 1.2.x to FreeBSD (bug id: 4288745).
Members of the Java Developer's Connection help prioritize bug fixes and RFE's by voting for the one's that they believe are needed most. The FreeBSD port RFE currently is the #1 request by far with 3052 votes vs. 820 for the #2 request."

Even with this wide lead, Sun has no obligation to make an official port of Java to FreeBSD or *BSD, or to be helpful to the *BSD efforts to port Java (see The larger the number of votes for our RFE, however, the more difficult it is for Sun to ignore. And the more that we can widen the lead between our #1 RFE and #2, the more dramatic a statement we (collectively) make.
An official Java JDK port to FreeBSD would likely mean that all BSD's would benefit either by being able to use the FreeBSD port or by being *much* closer to a port of their own. In fact, many who have voted for the RFE have left comments supporting a port to *BSD, not just FreeBSD.
As you may know, Sun recently teamed with Inprise to create an official port of Java to Linux (building on the work of Blackdown). The *BSD's, with a large and loyal base of developers, also deserve an official native version of Java.
Please support the Java on *BSD effort by voting for the RFE at:
If you are not already a member of Sun's Java Developers Connection, you will need to register before voting (membership is free).
Your support is important for the *BSD platform and is greatly appreciated.
PS: Please forward this message to any person, list, or organization that may want to support this effort.

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  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    .. since there seems to be a bug in Java2 that will not let GUI-programs (swing) show their faces through an SSH session.

    This is a real pain for me because Java2 on Solaris is available at school but I still can't use it from home, and it's tearing me apart!

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      I suspect it is not a bug in Java2, but more a feature of both Java2 and ssh. If you have a slow connection, something less that 64k, then you lose, the connection will time out. If I remember correctly, the error message/stack trace that Java spits out is cryptic enough to make you think otherwise.


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