Versions of Java revisited

Mark S. Miller
Fri, 18 Aug 2000 12:29:21 -0700

Since May, there has been an alpha port of Sun's JDK 1.2 to FreeBSD .  We also seem blocked on moving 
to Cryptix JCE because of a bug in the Java 1.1 compatibility code.  Until 
we move to Cryptix JCE, we can't support JDK 1.3.  Given a choice between 
supporting Java 1.1 vs Java 1.3, I'd prefer to support 1.3.  In light of 
the FreeBSD Java announcement (an old announcement, but I only now took a 
good look), I'm wondering how strong the reaction still is on the list to 
dropping 1.1.  Speak now or forever forsake 1.1.

If we forsake 1.1, I propose to make sure everything works with 1.2 and 1.3 
until there's a 1.3 on FreeBSD, but I'll strongly recommend using 1.3 if at 
all possible.  As soon as we can drop 1.2 as well, I'd like to.

Why the hell are the FreeBSD people bothering with 1.2 rather than jumping 
to 1.3?