The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the
official Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit
(JDK) 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.
The FreeBSD Foundation provided financial support for Java development,
funded the certification process, and negotiated license and
trademark agreements to distribute pre-compiled binary packages of
the Sun JDK and JRE.
“The release of official JRE and JDK binaries based on Sun’s latest
partner sources provide end-users and developers alike with confidence
that they can use and create Java applications on FreeBSD with the
same degree of portability, robustness and stability that they have
come to expect from other supported operating systems,” said FreeBSD
developer and member of the BSD Java Team, Greg Lewis.
“In doing so, the FreeBSD Foundation has placed FreeBSD on a par
with other enterprise operating systems for Java based web services,”
This official release is easier to install and less buggy than the
existing jdk15 port, Lewis said.
“With appropriate licensing from Sun, OEMs can now bundle Java
applications with a JRE or JDK for distribution on FreeBSD,” said
Deb Goodkin, Director of Operations for the FreeBSD Foundation.
“The FreeBSD Foundation is very pleased to be able to continue to
bring Java support to the FreeBSD operating system platform, which
has been made possible through generous donations to the FreeBSD
Foundation,” said Robert Watson, president of the FreeBSD Foundation.
“We are committed to continuing to enhance Java support on FreeBSD,
including certified releases for FreeBSD 5.5, FreeBSD 6.1, and
added support for the amd64/em64t hardware platform,” Watson said.
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Information on donating to the FreeBSD Foundation may be found on
the FreeBSD web site.
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