A French developer, Henri Gomez has announced the availability of the first binary test builds of Oracle’s Open Source Java, OpenJDK, for Apple’s latest Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” (10.6), which can be downloaded from the contributor’s project page at Google Code.
“We’re working on a continuous build of OpenJDK 1.7 for OS/X” he said, adding that “Support for OS/X PKG/DMG packages has been recently added and we made a first set available”.
Henri says this build is based on BSD port of OpenJDK: “For now we built with contents from OpenJDK 1.7 BSD port”. When asked if any source code from Apple has landed into OpenJDK project – after Apple agreed with Oracle to contribute its Java implementation for Mac OS X to OpenJDK as open source – he said “not yet”.
He added “There was some discussions on OpenJDK BSD ports mailing list but I still didn’t see any Apple commitment” concluding with “as with everybody on OS/X community, I’m impatient.”
So if you’re waiting for a full OpenJDK with the same level of integration as Apple’s closed-source Java runtime – including the legacy Cocoa API hooks or making use of Apple’s Quartz graphics engine, you’ll have to wait until Apple delivers on its commitment to contribute source code to OpenJDK.
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