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To: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
From: Jim Watson <jim@...>
Subject: Re: Java on sparc
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007 05:57:49 +1000
Ferris McCormick wrote:
> You might check out this forum thread:
> https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-547221.html
> This points to a blackdown-1.4.1 beta version for sparc.  Whether or not
> it can be used on a system using a current compiler I do not know; it
> seems it was built using gcc-3.2.xx
>
> Regards, 
>   
It was a couple of years ago, my memory is vague. The blackdown 1.4 
version had problems building OpenOffice.org - random crashes at 
certain  modules, not properly reproducible. Also there were some 
important security fixes I believe did not get done in the sparc 
version. Then 1.4 just stopped working on my debian system - something 
about shared libraries (libc?) not compatible, but I had already changed 
to gcj at that stage so I did not pursue that.  Blackdown had patches 
for 1.5 but not enough people with know-how to help get it released.

My personal interest is about java for openoffice.org. The ooo-build 
developers (incl redhat, debian & novell) have put patches upstream so 
OOo builds and runs using ecj for java parts and gstreamer for the media 
parts in OOo that would otherwise require the Java Media Framework (JMF) 
that also is not ported to sparc last time I looked.  And debian 
provides an ecj for sparc. I don't know about the politics or licence 
issues but it seems that gnu and the other distributions have all 
committed to ecj?

thanks
jim
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