Apple Released Java 6 Preview 8 for Leopard

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JavaLobby has the scoop on Apple finally releasing Preview 8 of Java 6 for Intel-Mac Leopard machines only. Turns out the new preview requires 64-bit machines and the hardware to support it for an “optimized experience”.

An interesting point that Geertjan made in his post is: do people really care?

Landon Fuller has already created both a 32-bit and 64-bit port of Java 6 for the Mac platform called SoyLatte and promises a Java 7 port in parallel with Sun’s release. All the while Mac fans will be standing around with their hands in their pockets waiting for Apple to do a Java 7 release 2 years after it’s out most likely.

I am personally curious how Landon handled the issue of Look and Feel for the Mac with his port. I know one of the big reasons Apple took control of Java from Sun on the Mac was to handle the intricacies of the Swing UI on the Mac. I did notice on the Contributing section of the page, integration of Quaqua is on the TODO:

Quaqua Mac LNF for Java Swing

Quaqua is the beautiful Quaqua LNF for Java apps on Mac that focuses hard on following the specific Mac UI design guidelines. I send a personal thanks to Landon and the FreeBSD team for tackling this effort and hopefully bringing work forward that will be better than what Apple is currently putting out.

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0 Responses to Apple Released Java 6 Preview 8 for Leopard

  1. manny December 21, 2007 at 9:07 pm #

    I wonder why FreeBSD helps apple so much since i never seen apple give back, just “take”. I know macOS is based on freeBSD, but whats for them..

    Even safari is a fork of konqueror 3.3 from KDE, but i don’t know if they have contributed anything back to kde…

    um what they mean by: “Preview 8 of Java 6 for Intel-Mac Leopard machines only.”

    are they taking Java, now that it’s open source, and making it work on mac only!? .. :/

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