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[20060516] License-restricted NetBSD/i386 JDK 1.5.0 now available
Todd Vierling writes that he has ``made JDK 1.5.0 available in binary form under the Sun Community Source License binary redistribution terms. This means that the builds are not suitable for commercial use, though they should be covered by the Research Use sublicense terms.

Tarballs are available via:

   http://www.duh.org/NetBSD/java2/

and I am adding the following packages to pkgsrc shortly:

   lang/scsl-jdk15
   lang/scsl-jre15
''

See Todd's mail for all the information.

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[20060329] NetBSD/i386 native Eclipse
While work towards a Sun-certified native Java for NetBSD is progressing slowly, Noud deBrouwer has sent mail to the java@ mailing list pointing at the pkgsrc-group sourceforce project which provides packages for running Eclipse and related packages (Eclipse EMF using JPOX Object/Relational Mapping to JDBC conectable Derby db, Java JNI (so SWT libs)).

Includes nice screenshots! :)

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[20050920] Progress on (Sun compatible) Java
If it walks like a duck and quacks like duck ... it's only a duck if it passes the Duck Compatibility Kit test framework by the duck's inventor. Well, that at least goes for Sun's Java. While binary kits running under Linux emulation or even some native, homegrewn binaries built e.g. from pkgsrc-wip are available for NetBSD, none of these is officially accepted by Sun, esp. for redistribution per FTP etc., as it's not sure that it's really compatible with what Sun defines as Java.

To be sure of that compatibility, a (non-public) software component, the Java Compatibility Kit (JCK) needs to be run, which tests all aspects of Java on the platform in question, and only if it does so without an error you have something which Sun will allow redistribution for.

Some work on this front is now taking place inside NetBSD, and the current state of art is that from the 33.000 tests in the JCK, about 500 failed on NetBSD in the first tests. After some adjusting to both the operating system and the machine/architecture dependent parts of Java, this is down to about 50 now. Maybe not too long until an official Java is available for NetBSD - but of course the last bugs to remain will be the toughest ones.

Stay tuned!

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[20050120] Java on NetBSD: JDK 1.5.0 patchset 1 "Sabretooth"
The BSD Java Porting project has released a patchset for JDK 1.5 for both FreeBSD and NetBSD. Check it out!

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