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Leopard can't run Java 1.6

And that's Apple's fault, not Sun's
Tue Oct 30 2007, 08:23

IN A THREAD on Apple's discussion forum, software developers who use Macs are up in arms because Capuccinno Steve's flash new Leopard OS chokes on Sun's latest Java 1.6.

Apparently Apple's OS/X 10.5 ships without an updated Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that can handle Java 1.6. Reportedly Java 1.6 crashes with a segmentation fault while trying to load on Leopard. Apple hasn't commented officially but is said to be deleting forum complaints.

Some Mac based developers have been quick to blame Sun, but Sun's Java visionary James Gosling has disclaimed responsibility, saying that Apple develops its own JVM for OS/X "because Apple wanted to do it. "

Gosling wrote that Apple "wanted to do all sorts of customization and integration that only they could do -- because they own the OS." He also said that its lag on JDK support for Java 1.6 "keeps feeling like the big problem is that developers aren't the 'Target Demographic'." µ

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