Linux users get what they want

JavaFX 2 gets Linux support

Chris Mayer

Java’s next big project finally goes cross platform, with Linux capability added.

Back in May, when the JavaFX
2.0 Beta was released
, there was a glaring omission that caused
a slight uproar from one large community. No Linux support meant
that many developers wouldn’t touch the Internet application
platform with a bargepole until it that was changed.

So, with great fanfare, the JavaFX team announced
that JavaFX 2.0 is now Linux-compatible, through
the JavaFX 2.1 Developer Preview for Linux, adding
a fourth option to finally take that step towards true
cross-platform status.

The JavaFX Developer Preview for Linux has currently been tested
against Ubuntu 10.04 / JDK 7u2 but is expected to be supported on
other Linux distributions the Oracle Java SE implementation is
available on, when JavaFX for Linux reaches General Availability.
But for now, the choice is there for Linux users to code, test and
file inevitable bugs to their heart’s content, with the JavaFX team
promising a ‘rock-solid’ implementation upon feedback.

Despite initial outrage, the JavaFX team were fairly defensive
over omitting Linux at first, stating that it was always their
intention to make JavaFX cross platform, although a firm commitment
at the time couldn’t be met for a Linuc release. Lead Richard Bair

We absolutely will be targeting a whole host of different
platforms, not even just the big three (Mac, Linux, Windows). The
value of the Java platform is in the fact that you can write across
multiple operating systems and devices.

It was a necessity to make JavaFX Linux compliant and now we
could see the platform flourish with a huge community being let
past the gates.

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