August 25, 2003

Boulder, CO – August 25, 2003 – The FreeBSD Foundation today announced the availability of a binary distribution of the Java JDK version 1.3.1 for the widely used FreeBSD operating system.

Wes Peters of the FreeBSD Core Team commented “This announcement hallmarks a new era of Java support for FreeBSD. Having easy to install binary Java packages will ensure that all users can enjoy the benefits of Java technology on the FreeBSD platform.”

Java users can download, without charge, the FreeBSD Foundation’s Java distribution from The FreeBSD Foundation is also providing OEM licenses to FreeBSD distributors, permitting them to ship out-of-the-box Java support with FreeBSD.

Foundation Secretary and Treasurer, Justin T. Gibbs, pledged continued support for Java technology on the FreeBSD platform. “The FreeBSD Foundation is committed to keeping FreeBSD a Java enabled platform. With the 1.3.1 JDK release behind us, the Foundation has turned its attention toward the 1.4.X JDK. The volunteers working on FreeBSD Java support already have us most of the way there. The Foundation is now financing efforts to accelerate the completion of this work.” Noting the importance of Java support to the FreeBSD user base was FreeBSD Foundation president Robert Watson. “Java support is critical to the success of FreeBSD in the enterprise–this release will open many doors for the FreeBSD platform.”

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