Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Dec 2011 17:05 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Java Oracle's Sun Java JDK packages are to be removed from the Ubuntu partner repositories and disabled on users systems. Oracle, in retiring the "Operating System Distributor License for Java," means Canonical no longer have permission to distribute the package. The change will affect Ubuntu 10.04 LTs, Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 users only. Users who have the "sun-java-6" package installed on their system will see it removed via a future software update -- the exact date of which is "TBD."
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Plugin already already gone
by chemical_scum on Mon 19th Dec 2011 17:37 UTC
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The web plugin has already gone. I installed the Java update over the weekend on my Lucid system and discovered that the Java plugin no longer worked after I read on Slashdot that the plugin was to be removed immmeiately the rest later. Sun Java still works. I tried the OpenJava IcedTea plugin but it didn't work at all with the sites I tried. It loaded then hung. On Firefox it caused a runaway process while on Chromium it just hung.

I have downloaded the latest Java 64 bit binary from Oracle but haven't had time to install it yet.

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