IcedTea/OpenJDK on OS X

Greg Lewis glewis at
Mon Feb 11 20:24:49 PST 2008

G'day Michael,

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 10:13:39PM -0500, Michael Franz wrote:
> > Not OpenJDK specifically, but Landon Fuller has completed a port for
> > JDK 6 which may be useful.  See
> >
> >
> >
> > for details.
> I have seen this recently, but it requires the Java Research License.
> Michael

Sort of.  We've so far secured agreements from all the individual
contributors for the HotSpot portion of the code base that they are
willing to release their changes under the GPL (since our intention is
to move to OpenJDK with the BSD port).  That would include Landon's
changes in that area.  We've also got most of the other parts of the code
base covered, although there are many small changes that were done a long
time ago under the SCSL which we haven't go tthe manpower to track down
the individual contributors for.  We're hopeful that Sun will agree to
relicense those changes under the GPL since they have the right to do
so (IANAL, thats just my reading of the SCSL).

So, given the imminent release of OpenJDK 6, I'd suggest that all of the
changes you are interested in for MacOS X will soon be available under both
the JRL and the GPL.

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