> hello... I would like to do some Java programming under BSD. I need to
> use the Java SDK 1.3 so obviously this rules out the official FreeBSD
> port, because it is not yet available.
> Therefore, how easy is it to get one of the Linux SDKs (i.e. the Sun,
> Blackdown, or IBM) running properly under FreeBSD, using the Linux
> compatibility library?
> How about trying to do the same thing, but under NetBSD or OpenBSD? (i
> should probably ask this a different newsgroup, hey?)
That's a good question. It is easy and straightforward to set up JDK1.3
for running and developing programs ... with a few small annoyances: The
Toolkit class, or the "getDefaultToolkit()" method therein, has some
trouble detecting the screen settings; so if the size of a window is
based on the screen resolution, it might display larger than full screen.
Placement of a window is another thing that is impossible to control for
the same reason. Is it just my video card (ATI Mach 64 3D Rage Pro)?
Actually, about half a year ago I was trying out Linux (SuSE 6.4) on this
same setup and my Java apps ran fine. Let it be understood that this
little problem as no affect on my easy choice of FreeBSD over Linux.
My biggest beef is that I have still been unable to get the virtual
machine to work in any other program, notably Mozilla 0.8.1 and Star
Office 5.2. Nothing has worked for me. (Well, I have not downloaded the
Netscape java plugin because that seems rediculously redundant if I
already have the JDK.). It conclusion: running applets in browsers - or
developing web applets - is a difficult setup, if even possible.
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