We are pleased to announce the release of IcedTea7 1.11.

The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from
OpenJDK7 using Free Software build tools. It also includes the only
Free Java plugin and Web Start implementation, and support for
additional architectures over and above x86, x86_64 and sparc via the
Zero assembler port and the Shark JIT compiler.

This release provides a version of IcedTea for producing builds of
OpenJDK7 Milestone 4. Unlike the binaries mentioned by Mark Reinhold
(http://blogs.sun.com/mr/entry/jdk7_m4) and Xiomara Jayasena
(http://blogs.sun.com/xiomara/entry/jdk7_m4u), those produced by
IcedTea are completely Free Software, and include Free implementations
of a Java plugin and Web Start support. You can also build IcedTea on
architectures not supported by OpenJDK as standard e.g. ppc, ppc64,
arm via the Zero assembler port (–enable-zero). There is also
experimental support for a JIT based on LLVM.

What’s New?

  • Updated to OpenJDK7 b66 (Milestone 4), including JSR 308: Annotations on Java types.
  • Updates/bug fixes for netx, Shark and the web plugin.
  • Zero is now provided in the upstream forest rather than in-tree.
  • The options
    • –with-openjdk
    • –with-icedtea
    • –with-openjdk-home
    • –with-icedtea-home
    • –with-gcj-jdk

    have been removed. The JDK is now specified by –with-jdk-home and whether to do a full bootstrap or not is now decided by –disable-bootstrap (the default is yes). This is in preparation for making the two stages independent of the JDK used, but some artefacts still remain in this release; the supported behaviour is still the use of gcj jdk for a full bootstrap and icedtea for a quick build i.e. –disable-bootstrap == –with-openjdk/icedtea for now.

  • Added java method tracing using systemtap version 0.9.9+.
  • Added latest security fixes.
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    The tarball can be downloaded here:


    The following people helped with this release:
    Lillian Angel, Gary Benson, Deepak Bhole, Andrew Haley, Andrew John
    Hughes, Matthias Klose, Omair Majid, Xerxes Rånby, Mark Wielaard

    We would also like to thank all the bug reporters and testers!

    To get started:

    $ tar xzf icedtea-1.11.tar.gz
    $ cd icedtea-1.11

    Full build requirements and instructions are in INSTALL:

    $ ./configure [--enable-visualvm --with-jdk-home --disable-bootstrap --enable-pulse-java --enable-systemtap ...]
    $ make