Java! OpenJDK7 installation help, on OSX 10.5 PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dannygboyo, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. dannygboyo macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2014
    Midlands, U.K
    Hi Guys,


    This is my first post on MacRumors.

    I have a great old Powerbook G4 Laptop, which has been my trusty side-kick for 10 years. It still does what I need thanks to
    * TenFourFox web-browser
    * MacTubes for YouTube
    * OpenOffice great word processor!

    And a load of other PPC software that still does exactly what I need.


    I'm trying to setup a small business, and I'm really trying to get the software called ProjectLibre running on my computer. It's a gannt based project planner.

    It needs Java 1.6 to run.
    Officially Java builds for PPC stopped at 1.5

    I've come across a site which tells me I can install OpenJDK7 to get Java 1.7 running on my PPC.

    The problem is, I don't understand what they are talking about! The language is too technical for me.


    Is there anyone out there, that would be kind enough, to talk me through how to install this program, in layman's terms??

    I would really appreciate it, and it would feel great to hang on to this old Powerbook a little longer before I have to upgrade.

  2. headsh0t95 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013
    As far as I know this is intended only for developers / tech geeks. The link describes using Mercurial (command-line software to download the source code from a developers site) and then "building" the code to executable code (that you normally download inside a .dmg file) using a command-line tool called Make. Since I haven't used any of them I am afraid I can't help you much further. I do have a little experience with Maven, so if you can find a tutorial using that instead of Mercurial, I might be able to help you.
  3. nijmegen96, Nov 26, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014

    nijmegen96 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2014
    Headshot is right. This is for people who are comfortable compiling code and modifying their systems via the command prompt (tech geeks). I'm not going to admit that I know exactly what I'd be doing if I were installing openjdk but I am fairly confident that I could do it having messed around with openjdk on FreeBSD. Anyway, I found this blog post:

    This looks much simpler than what you posted. However, this still requires you to be familiar with bash commands. You could just copy and paste the commands (orange text) into your terminal but you would have know way of knowing if the output is correct. When I skimmed, It didn't look like there were any chances for your to break your system, but there is a chance you might get an error that you will have to solve. Try at your own discretion.

    P.S. I would encourage you to try and learn bash commands (How to use the Mac Terminal) I find it handy on a Mac in general but if you want to maintain an older system, I believe it becomes essential. You can learn this by looking up tutorials and guides online and practicing. Thats what I did!

    Edit: Also look in this thread:
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    There was a s thread here a while back where the issue was trying to get 1.6 to install on Leopard.

    The participants in the thread had no real success. If they could not get 1.6 installed, I'm doubting 1.7 is even in the realm of possibility.

    You are now bumping into one of the limitations of our old Macs.

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