First source release for Open JDK 6 project (Whew!)

Its taken a little longer than initially intended but, as of an hour ago, the Open JDK6 source has been loosed upon the world!  While this release is primarily targeted at the GNU/Linux distributions  there are also versions for Solaris (both x86 and SPARC) and Windows.  You can get them all here on the download page.

The end of the beginning 

This initial tarball comes with matching binary plugs.  As Joe Darcy, who's been leading this project within Sun, explains:

Not all of the source code that makes up the JDK is available under an open-source license. In order to build an OpenJDK binary from source code, you must first download and install one or more of the following files from which the build process will copy over "binary plugs" for these encumbered components.

And this is where the community comes in, to help both with these final encumbrances as well as to address the outstanding compatibility issues.

Hack on brothers and sisters! 

Coming Soon 

And while the community is lending a helping hand, Joe's team will be sallying forth and working on a new drop.  This follow-on release will be out within the next couple of weeks and should include:

  • JAX-WS 2.0 -> 2.1 upgrade
  • Removal of the binary plug for the imaging classes
  • Exclusion of SNMP support if the binary plugs aren't present
  • Updated README-Builds files that point at the right locations.
Pau for now...
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