IT World Canada is reporting that a team from IBM and SAP is working to bring support for PowerPC processors to OpenJDK, on Linux and on IBM's AIX.
"'This reference implementation can then be used by IBM and SAP to provide their commercially licensed Java offerings in much the same way in which Oracle offers its Oracle JDK product based on OpenJDK,' [Volker] Simonis said. 'The big advantage for the open source community is that everybody (i.e. Linux distributors like Debian, Red Hat, or Ubuntu) will be able to build and provide free and state-of-the-art versions of Java based on the new OpenJDK platform ports. And of course they are highly welcome to engage in the project as well.'"
OpenJDK would replace IBM's proprietary JDK as the leading Java implementation on PowerPC.
The project was first proposed May 7 on the OpenJDK discussion list.
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