The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the release of certified Java Runtime Environment(JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK) binaries for the FreeBSD 5.5 and 6.1 operating systems. For this release we added support for the AMD64 architecture. Built on the latest J2SE 5.0 Update 7 release from Sun Microsystems, this new distribution delivers on the FreeBSD Foundation’s promise to make FreeBSD a robust platform for the development and deployment of Java applications. Click here to read the press release.

The Foundation was pleased to support the Sun4v project by assisting with a donation from Sun of 2 Sun T1000 servers. The servers will be setup at Yahoo. The goals of the project are:

  • Offer Sun4v as a viable deployment platform for users of FreeBSD in the data center.
  • Scale FreeBSD to 32 cpus for common applications.

There are currently 3 developers working with the platform, and this donation will allow the project to add two more developers to work directly with the platform.