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First Mozilla, now JDK 1.2.2 native???

Contributed by jose on from the Java2-electric-boogaloo dept.

aki writes:
"This looks good for the GUI workstation users like me. First AbiWord,then Mozilla (?), now JDK 1.2.2 natively:


However, it's not quite ready for prime time. See below for an explanation.

I held off on posting this for a bit, hoping that license issues would have been worked out. I asked Christian Gruber for some additional info, and this is what he gave me:

"[A] Preliminary port is about to be released for testing. The port requires the BSD patches [be] shared between {Free|Net|Open}BSD which will be available from when we announce. (The current patch on that site doesn't include the OpenBSD fixes - look for patch 11)

Building the jdk requires the download of the SCSL licensed source-code, available from and the above-mentioned patch-set (which is also SCSL).

Talks are underway to distribute a binary package from a web-site (probably mine). Since the JDK is non-free, [as] Theo has graciously clarified however, it cannot go on the official OpenBSD CDROM. Discussions have only just been opened, and there is no knowable timeline at the moment."

Anyhow, hopefully soon, and again, just like Mozilla, this is a major step forward for OpenBSD and lots of software. Thanks, Christian!

(Comments are closed)

  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Thank you thank you!!!

    There are two things influence my decision about running Linux vs. OpenBSD on our servers: A native Java 2, and SMP. Of the two, native Java is the most important because our entire web service is a Java web application so we must have Java. SMP may not be that important, with the current CPU spees available. So if we get 1.3 or 1.4, I'll be able to have our whole cluster on OpenBSD, running Tomcat!

    Basically this bit of news means that I get to stick with OpenBSD for a long time to come.

  2. By Anonymous Coward () on

    What did you mean with "First AbiWord"?
    AbiWord is still marked broken in the ports tree :(
    Or will it just be a little while before that problem gets solved?

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    I think this can be called a real milestone in the history of OpenBSD. Now lets go for 1.3 and then 1.4!

  4. By Anonymous Coward () on

    What kind of threading will this jdk use? Also, what are the differences and pros and cons of the different threading options? I use threading all the time but I don't really understand how it works at the OS layer.


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