The OpenJDK 7u, which is based on JDK version 7 and produces updates to the existing Java v7 releases. The OpenJDK project consists of a number of components. Principally these are HotSpot (the java virtual machine), the Java Class Library and the javac - compiler. OpenJDK project was initially based only on the JDK 7 version of the platform, after Sun Microsystems released source code in 2006/2007 under GNU License (GPL).
The OpenJDK 6, which is based on JDK v7, retrofitted to provide an open-source version of Java 6. Version 6 is an implementation of the Java SE6 specs valuing compatibility, stability, and security. Various binaries derived from OpenJDK v6 sources have passed the Java SE6 Test Compatibility Kit (TCK) suite.
Java project was initially started by James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton in 1991, with initial language codename Oak, renamed to Green later, and finally it become... Java. The first stable (v1.0) release by Sun Microsystems in 1995 (WORA promise: "Write Once, Run Anywhere"). Most of code was released as free and open source by Sun Microsystems in 2006/2007 under GNU License (GPL). OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit) project started with initial JDK v7 under GNU GPL. Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle Corporation in January 2010. Shortly after Sun was acquired by Oracle, they announced that they are intend to continue to support open-source and open standards. IBM joined OpenJDK project in October 2010, announce that together with Oracle, they will collaborate in the OpenJDK Community to develop the leading open-source Java SE implementation, and make the OpenJDK Community the primary location for open-source Java SE development.
Apache Tomcat (initially a part of The Apache Jakarta Project). Jakarta projects (including Tomcat) was moved to top-level Apache projects and finally in 2011 Jakarta Project has been retired. Apache Tomcat is an open-source implementation of the Java Servlet and JSP technologies, released under Apache License version 2. The Servlet and JSP specifications are developed under the Java Community Process. Tomcat powers numerous large scale and mission critical java web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations. Tomcat version 4 was the first version released with Catalina servlet container. Catalina implements Sun Microsystems specs for Java Servlet and JSP. Jasper (Tomcat's JSP Engine) implements Sun Microsystems JSP specs. Read more about Apache Tomcat.
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