Today Red Hat announced the availability of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5.3 (press release, blog entry) one of the major enhancement is the inclusion of and full production support for OpenJDK 1.6 :
Inclusion of OpenJDK : OpenJDK is a high-performance, fully open source implementation of Java SE 6. OpenJDK is based on the same code base as Sun’s JDK, the most widely adopted Java implementation. OpenJDK in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 has passed the full Java SE 6 TCK and is compatible with all applications written for Java SE 6 and previous versions. OpenJDK is fully supported directly by Red Hat. With the integration of OpenJDK, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 is the the first enterprise-ready solution with a fully open source Java stack when combined with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform”
This is good for OpenJDK, good for RHEL customers and good for JBoss (we’ll be announcing support for OpenJDK on RHEL 5.3 for the JBoss platforms real soon) – congratulations to everyone who made it happen.