As you’ve probably already heard, a big announcement came out today from Apple and Oracle announcing that Apple is contributing to the OpenJDK! This is great news for us as IBM and now Apple have joined with Oracle on a single implementation of Java. Those who have been in the Java landscape for a while know what a big deal this is (and has been a dream of mine since I first came to Sun). I think the agreement really clarifies a few things:
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.
Anyway, I hope to blog some more in the future about what our plans are around this and how it will be going forward. I’m fairly giddy about it, a bit like getting christmas early. Hooray!
The news already made it to ArsTechnica: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/apples-openjdk-project-to-bring-java-se-7-to-the-mac.ars