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Java

Though it's in the process of being totally open-sourced as of this writing, the FreeBSD Project has a special distribution agreement for the Java Development Kit for the i386 and AMD64 platforms. Previously you had to manually retrieve a half-dozen files from various web sites before you could install the JDK. In FreeBSD 6.2 you only have to go to one web site and download one file. It's still not as simple as it could be, but it's much better than it was.

To install the Java Development Kit version 1.5, follow this process:

  1. Go to this web site:

    http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/downloads/java.shtml

  2. In the packages section, click the link for the JDK version and platform you wish to install. If FreeBSD 6.2 is not listed, click the link for 6.1—it will work just as well. You'll be brought to a license agreement screen that explains the terms by which you may use the software you're about to download and install. Click the checkbox next to "I agree to the terms of this license agreement," then click Submit.


  

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