Contributed by louis on from the not-quite-platform-independent-yet dept.
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 www.freebsd.org/java). 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: http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/bugParade/bugs/4288745.html
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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