OpenJDK 6 and Distros

There are now OpenJDK 6 packages for the upcoming Hardy Heron Unbuntu Universe and Lilian has announced that OpenJDK 6 will be a part of Fedora 9.

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Is this production ready or more ready than icedtea ?

Posted by guest on March 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM PDT #

Is this production ready or more ready than icedtea ?

Posted by leonel on March 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM PDT #

And does it have a more functional browser plugin? My web-banking doesn't work with the current icedtea one.

Posted by Anders Norgaard on March 14, 2008 at 01:43 AM PDT #

cool,

I hope there will be a update5 build available before we have stable openjdk builds. Newest java version is currently update3 for ubuntu...

Posted by mbien on March 14, 2008 at 08:51 AM PDT #

Leonel,

The source for OpenJDK 6 is a "backward branch" from JDK 7, around build 20. For the libraries, nearly all of the new APIs have been removed, but the bug fixes stayed in. Except for a patch to build with gcc 4, the JVM sources are the same as in the latest 6 update release, 6u5.

Posted by Joe Darcy on March 14, 2008 at 02:13 PM PDT #

Anders,

The source from Sun does not currently include a browser plugin; the browser plugin is added by the distros as part of the IcedTea project. I'm not tracking the status of that plugin closely, but I know it is under active development.

Posted by Joe Darcy on March 14, 2008 at 02:17 PM PDT #

So openjdk is produccion ready great

Posted by leonel on March 19, 2008 at 06:55 AM PDT #

Leonel,

A few caveats, there are a handful of areas where the libraries of the production JDK and OpenJDK differ and out of the box OpenJDK 6 does not pass all of the JCK tests for Java SE 6. In particular, OpenJDK is currently missing a midi sound synthesizer and certain profiles for the color management system. Also, OpenJDK does not have SNMP support at the moment. Resolving such issues remains a goal of the project.

Posted by Joe Darcy on March 19, 2008 at 08:57 AM PDT #

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