Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th May 2006 22:13 UTC, submitted by adstro
Java "Sun today announced that Java Platform, Standard Edition 5 is now available for redistribution by GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris operating system distributors under the new Operating System Distributor's License for Java (also known as the 'Distro License for Java' or DLJ). Developed in consultation with, and for use by, the various GNU/Linux communities, the new license allows distributors to ship Sun's Java SE 5.0 Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment as installable packages for their operating systems." At the same time, Sun also promised to open-source Java.
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This will make my life much easier
by Havin_it on Wed 17th May 2006 14:31 UTC
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2006-03-10

If I understand the implication correctly, this is great news for me. I have a Gentoo server (headless) that uses the Sun JDK, and currently updating means I have to:

- Identify when a newer version's appeared in portage
- Attempt to download the package (fails) to get the URL for download
- Go to said page on another computer with a GUI browser (before anyone chip in, the Sun click-thru EULA page uses Javascript so Lynx is a non-starter) and download the binary
- If the URL is out-of-date because Sun update faster than Gentoo release ebuilds (this has happened more than once), forage around the site for the older binary
- SCP the binary over to the distfiles directory on the server
- emerge the package
- repeat all the above for the jdk-doc package

If the move means the days of these shenanigans are over, Sun will certainly have brightened my day.

/apologies for punnage

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