Java is still alive in Mac OS X

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Apple's recent announcement to Developers that it won't be supporting the Java runtime environment in future versions of Mac OS X lead to some concerns that Mac users would no longer be able to take advantage of Java-based applications. Today, Oracle and Apple announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X.

Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.

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Apple also confirmed that Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard® and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

The Java platform was developed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s, and Sun was acquired by Oracle in January 2010.

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Posted by Antony at November 12, 2010 9:03 AM

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