SoftChalk Picks Liberica JDK for Educational Platform Based on OpenJDK

BellSoft, OpenJDK distribution vendor and one of the top-5 OpenJDK contributors, has announced that SoftChalk, provider of content authoring software, has adopted Liberica JDK, the company said.

With this product, the company will be able to create a fully secure foundation for its educational platform based on OpenJDK and reach macOS Catalina users.

SoftChalk is the provider of content authoring software for educators in K12 school districts, colleges and universities. For the past 15 years, educators in more than 1500 educational institutions have used SoftChalk to develop interactive and engaging online lessons for their students.

The company´s Mac Java client is based on Java 8. Its weaker libraries left them unable to pass Apple notarization and keep releasing their product for the growing portion of customers on macOS Catalina. Therefore, SoftChalk had to defer multiple releases in a row. They needed an OpenJDK distribution that would support Java 8 and hold Apple notarization. Otherwise, they would have to go through a painful update of the whole JDK to a compliant version. The process would further postpone the release schedule and put the business on hold.

BellSoft releases and supports Liberica JDK, an OpenJDK binary distribution verified by TCK for Java SE Standard Compliance. BellSoft engineers have been contributing to the OpenJDK project since its inception.

SoftChalk offers content authoring and hosting solutions that are critical to the success of eLearning initiatives, providing educators with easy, fast, affordable ways to create, manage and share rich, interactive content that engages students in the learning process and inspires learning.