Azul Systems (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, today announced the immediate availability of early access to Zulu, Azul’s build of OpenJDK, supporting the Java 9 SE platform. Zulu 9 is open source, freely distributable, incorporates all the planned features of Java 9, supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms, and supports private and Cloud deployments including Amazon AWS. Azul will provide regular updates to pre-release versions of Zulu 9 based on the development cadence of the OpenJDK Java 9 project.
“Zulu Enterprise has proven to be a stable and solid distribution for business users who have key applications running on various versions of Java, as far back as Java 6,” said John Abbott, Distinguished Analyst at 451 Research. “It’s great to see the tradition continuing with early access to developers almost a year ahead of the general release of Java 9.”
"In an era where developers are the new kingmakers, early access, multiple-platform support and open source are all prized characteristics," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "With Zulu 9, Azul is checking all of those boxes with its early release of an open source Java SE."
Ben Evans, Java Champion and Java Community Process Executive Committee Member representing the London Java Community said: “Azul's Zulu early access build of OpenJDK 9 has provided a step change for Free Java. It is freely licensed without restrictions and provides a clear early look at Java 9. Azul is providing real value to the global community with Java binaries that reflect the emerging state of Java 9.”
“Azul is pleased to announce the immediate availability of early access versions of Zulu supporting Java 9,” said Scott Sellers, president and CEO of Azul Systems. “The upcoming Java 9 has many compelling features and capabilities that the Java community is clamoring for, and we are excited to offer pre-release builds of OpenJDK to enable developers to embrace Java 9 now.”