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#1 2016-04-11 04:07:28

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Registered: 2015-12-09
Posts: 110

Is it possible to go beyond Java 1.5 on OS X 10.5.8 PPC?

I've read a lot of stuff on the internet about this but much of it is over my head.  It's not clear to me how much any of the unofficial workarounds did anything useful or support use of anything beyond development apps.  From what I gather, the Soy Latte project was 1.6 Intel-only.  There's another later project called OpenJDK 7 that has a download for OS X 10.5 PPC listed.  I really don't understand properly how to work with it and what the end result is actually supposed to be.

It seems a few of you guys know quite a bit about Unix and various other 'heavy' stuff.  Maybe you have a better idea about the status of later PPC Java on mac and how on earth you go about installing any of it.  Perhaps you may also have an answer to the question, is there any point in an 'average user' installing it?


#2 2016-04-11 16:11:08

From: Electron Alley
Registered: 2014-05-26
Posts: 1,118

Re: Is it possible to go beyond Java 1.5 on OS X 10.5.8 PPC?

I've never played with it personally, but my overall opinion is scepticism. An unmaintained JVM is a great way to get a sandbox violation and none of these are maintained. I suppose if you were only running signed applets, the risk would be lessened.

I actually do use Java quite a lot, but on the server side running specific applications under IBM J9. (Before you ask, even though my installations of J9 run on IBM Power Systems, I've never seen an OS X port of it.)

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