April 2010


Via the icedtea6-hg branch, you can now experience HotSpot 17 build 13:

$ hg clone http://icedtea.classpath.org/people/andrew/icedtea6-hg
$ cd icedtea6-hg
$ ./autogen.sh
$ cd ..
$ mkdir icedtea6-build
$ cd icedtea6-build
$ ../icedtea6-hg/configure --with-hotspot-build=hs17
$ make

and sometime later…

java version "1.6.0_18"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.9pre+r1f22e08af1f2) (Gentoo build 1.6.0_18-b18+r5b407bce9940)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 17.0-b13-rdd5a19d97c1d, mixed mode)

We are pleased to announce the release of IcedTea6 1.7.3 (2010/03/31)!

The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from
OpenJDK6 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.

What’s New?

Bug fixes

  • Fix for plugin buffer overflow: Mozilla bug 555342
  • Fix issue with ant -diagnostics on ant 1.8.0 due to changed exit code

The tarball can be downloaded from:

The following people helped with the 1.7 release series:

Lillian Angel, Gary Benson, Deepak Bhole, Andrew Haley, Andrew John Hughes, Nobuhiro Iwamatsu, Matthias Klose, Martin Matejovic, Edward Nevill, Xerxes RĂ„nby, Robert Schuster,Jon VanAlten, Mark Wielaard and Man Lung Wong.

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

To get started:

$ tar xzf icedtea6-1.7.3.tar.gz
$ cd icedtea6-1.7.3

Full build requirements and instructions are in INSTALL:

$ ./configure [--enable-zero --with-openjdk --enable-pulse-java --enable-systemtap ...]
$ make