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OpenJDK 7 on Mac lives!Wednesday September 28, 2011
The folks working on the OS X port of OpenJDK are making real progress. I've been regularly downloading their "unofficial" builds and kicking the tires. More than that, I'm starting to use it as my normal VM. Their project status page gets regular updates as, one after another, issues get knocked off. For my use, it's been reasonably solid, although graphics performance needs some work - the app I'm working on right now pushes Graphics2D rather hard. It's far from done, but I'm happy with the progress so far. I've got an early access copy of the JavaFX libraries that I keep meaning to kick the tires on, but haven't had the time just yet.

Over the years I've talked a lot about all of the wild and wonderful stuff in the Java ecosystem. One of the things I love about my new job is getting to really use all of that stuff. Things like the Map Projection Library... so cool!

Thanks everyone!

Comments:

But it still looks horrible! NeoOffice team used apple java on top of OpenOffice to make it look better, while openjdk7 on mac is even worse than on linux!

Posted by Helbrass on September 29, 2011 at 12:44 AM PDT #

OpenJDK never works for me. From JSE to JEE applications i've always got enough trouble to forget about it and download the "sun/oracle" distro.

Posted by Fabricio Buzeto on September 29, 2011 at 05:29 AM PDT #

Something is wrong with your css. black text on black background is a little hard to read.

Posted by Philipp on September 29, 2011 at 03:03 PM PDT #

Will you post a DukeMacLarge image? Very nice art!

Posted by Ben on September 30, 2011 at 06:16 AM PDT #

Is the DukeMacSmall image an obj; would you share that? What software do you use to create your art?

Posted by Ben on September 30, 2011 at 01:20 PM PDT #

Does it include coordinate transformation from GPS Lat/Long/Alt to WGS84? I ended up having to write my own libraries for that. Sheesh! It seems that there are as many projection types as there are different coordinate systems! It's a fascinating area though.

Posted by Mike Duigou on October 01, 2011 at 04:39 PM PDT #

layering of projections with various water parameters in a 3d plane would be cool. can a world map go through various projections, to get some crazy un-understable gif images? From those new gifs, strange new theorems can be derived..

Posted by hks on October 03, 2011 at 07:28 AM PDT #

Are there any binaries of JavaFX 2.0 for Mac?

Posted by Software development Perth on October 03, 2011 at 08:23 AM PDT #

Java 6 didn't work on Leopard for us Core Duo 32-bit folks. Doesn't look like the OpenJDK project supports it, either. I had to switch to SoyLatte until Snow Leopard came out and quietly included a 32-bit JDK 6. (Thank you, Apple) SoyLatte worked pretty well, but it's a port of the BSD OpenJDK, which made me feel weird.

Posted by Jason Alexander on October 03, 2011 at 05:02 PM PDT #

Unofficial builds have 32-bit. 64-bit requirement must just be for building OpenJDK.

Posted by Jason Alexander on October 03, 2011 at 05:16 PM PDT #

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