Re: Java development on debian ppc
"SB" == Stephane Bortzmeyer <email@example.com> writes:
Me> I grabbed the 1.2.2 RC 4 release of the Java Development Kit
SB> It is even more non-free than JDK 1.1 so I would never use
SB> it myself.
SB> The best solution, IMHO, is to install kaffe and to tell
SB> jikes to use kaffe's classes. that way, you have a 100 %
SB> Free Java:
Following your suggestion, I took a look at Kaffe's Web site and
downloaded the source tar file. There are some showstopping
problems with Kaffe on PowerPC:
1. Compatibility. Kaffe isn't as up-to-date as the Sun/Blackdown
JDK, which means that applications using the latest and
greatest technologies won't work. Kaffe only supports JDK 1.1
(but not completely), with some JDK 1.2 features;
Sun/Blackdown's JDK is 1.2.2.
2. Convenience. Kaffe isn't available as a binary package for
PowerPC. They do have Debian packages (unlike Blackdown), but
only for the i386 architecture. The Kaffe folks also aren't
making the Debianized source available to allow users to easily
create debs for their own systems.
3. Compilability. Kaffe simply doesn't build on PowerPC Linux
systems (their PowerPC port seems to be based on their SPARC
port, and isn't nearly complete).
That means that presenting Kaffe as a free alternative to the
Sun/Blackdown JDK on PowerPC is a false lead -- since Kaffe
doesn't support the same standards, isn't easily obtainable for
non-i386 systems, and can't be compiled on PowerPC without a fair
amount of work, it's not an option for people who need a Java
development environment on PowerPC *today*.
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