OpenJDK in Ubuntu Hardy Heron

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) was released earlier today, and among its many new features you’ll find a set of packages based on OpenJDK 6.

Forward to the past This is the first fruit of the effort started last summer by Joe Darcy to create an open-source JDK 6 code base by removing new features from a clone of the JDK 7 code and then gradually working through the remaining encumbrances and other issues.

Some work remains to be done. At this point OpenJDK 6 doesn’t quite pass all of the compatibility tests in the Java SE 6 JCK, but it’s very close. It also doesn’t yet have a MIDI synthesizer, or support for SNMP. Despite these gaps OpenJDK 6 is, nonetheless, highly usable—it can run NetBeans and Eclipse, and GlassFish and JBoss.

Credits A big thanks to Matthias Klose (aka doko), who did all the packaging work for Hardy Heron. The Hardy packages are built using the IcedTea build harness and patches, so a hearty thanks as well to Lillian Angel, Tom Fitzsimmons, Andrew Haley, Francis Kung, Keith Seitz, and Joshua Sumali—who’ve prepared a similar set of packages for the imminent release of Fedora 9.

One more thing To celebrate this milestone we’ve redesigned the OpenJDK front page. The new layout includes a main panel which refers people who are looking for prepackaged binaries, documentation, or tutorials to the right place. Below that there’s a rolling summary of recent announcements and the latest batch of entries from Planet JDK. Finally, there’s a new installation page which gives step-by-step instructions for installing OpenJDK-based packages in the distributions that provide them; we’ll expand this as more distros ship such packages.

Comments:

Mark, this is excellent news for the software world! I've been very impressed with what I've seen so far of OpenJDK 6.

I've also been keeping an eye on the Java SE 6 Update 10 progress (I have the new plugin enabled on this browser right now.) I'm looking forward to seeing u10 show up in the OpenJDK.

If the new plugin was added to the OpenJDK it would fill a big hole that you hadn't mentioned above. (Although the icedtea-gcjwebplugin is very capable it doesn't have the full compatibility that some sites need.)

Regards,

-james.

Posted by James Stansell on April 24, 2008 at 01:39 PM PDT #

Unfortunately, GlassFish is broken ;(
See:
http://wiki.glassfish.java.net/Wiki.jsp?page=JavaPlatformDifferencesWrtJSSE

Posted by Kedar Mhaswade on May 03, 2008 at 09:45 AM PDT #

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