Java on MacOS

As you know, I’m extremely unhappy about the fact that Apple didn’t deign to finally provide us with a Mac version of Java 6 when they released Leopard. I’m so upset that I’m postponing to buy Leopard until they finally get their act together.

This is why I’m really happy about the fact that someone ported the FreeBSD version of OpenJDK, Sun’s recently open-sourced version of Java 6, to the Mac.  I’ve downloaded the Tiger version, and it even appears faster than the Apple Java developer preview that came out a year ago: Utool enumerates solved forms about 15% faster than before. :) This may just be due to a different JIT compilation strategy, but it’s still hella cool, and it’s even cooler that one guy ported this all in his spare time. The one big drawback is that the OpenJDK is limited to displaying Swing windows in X11, which looks just terrible after you’ve gotten used to Aqua Swing. But I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until we break free of Apple’s tyranny and can finally get new versions of Java as early as everyone else!


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