Why are there so many JDKs


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Exploring the topic of why there are so many JDKs: how are they the same, how are they different. We balance the Java perspective with a special guest from the Rust foundation to learn how a peer ecosystem works.
Short version: The role of Java as a central system runtime lead to multiple implementations and the companies that make different distributions offer support and sponsor different work. For example Azul and Microsoft worked on Apple M1, and Bellsoft and Microsoft worked on Alpine Musl. All JREs are compatible through the TCK and vendors work together on security patches for the entire ecosystem.

  • Simon Ritter, Deputy CTO of Azul Systems, making the Azul Platform, including the Azul Zulu JDK.
  • Dmitry Chuyko, Senior Performance Engineer of Bellsoft, making the Liberica JDK.
  • Bruno Borges, Product Manager Microsoft, making Microsoft JDK and Adoptium.
  • Ashley Williams, founder and open-source strategist for the Rust Foundation.
  • Erik Costlow, Developer Relations for Contrast Security, securing Java and non-Java applications.

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