java saved on os x

Sat, Dec 4, 2010

Just saw this press release from Apple announcing Java will be available post Snow Leopard, i.e. Lion (10.7) but it’ll be Java 6 only. As I said before, not a problem. It’s a trade off I’m willing to make. I’ll happily use Java 6 instead of 7 for the productivity of developing on OS X. It seems that Apple are handing over their Java implementation to the OpenJDK project and the availability of Java 7 on OS X will be down to Oracle.

I like it when a big commercial outfit open sources their inhouse development. The software that comes out is usually pretty good, such as BEA Systems open sourcing XMLBeans and Novell giving the Java LDAP libraries to the OpenLDAP project. Those are two open source libraries I use almost every day.

So a big thank you to Apple for keeping Java on OS X!

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