March 31, 2008

Java 6 Port for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 (Intel)

Filed under: cairngen, dev, java, tool — michaelangela @ 9:20 pm

What ho! Hey I just complained about no Java 6 for the Mac and then this pops up! Now will it work for what I am trying to do with Cairngen?!

SoyLatte – Port of BSD Java

SoyLatte is a functional, X11-based port of the FreeBSD Java 1.6 patchset to Mac OS X Intel machines. SoyLatte is initially focused on supporting Java 6 development; however, the long-term view far more captivating: open development of Java 7 for Mac OS X, with a release available in concert with the official Sun release, supported on all recent versions of Mac OS X.

The name “SoyLatte” was chosen to clearly differentiate from Sun’s trademarks (Red Hat already claimed IcedTea, and I drank a lot of double soy lattes while working on this. (I think it’s funny)

The work is being done as a part of the FreeBSD Java project, with changes being pushed upstream to the FreeBSD code base as the port progresses. Coordination with OpenJDK is also progressing. SoyLatte is a staging ground for the Mac OS X port — it is not intended to be a fork. For more information on licensing, and the project’s relationship with FreeBSD and OpenJDK, please see the licensing section below.

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