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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by Alfman on Tue 20th Dec 2011 00:53 UTC
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Removing from the repository is one thing, but remotely disabling the package from end user systems shouldn't even be considered by repository admins.

Of course I know it's technically possible, but actually invoking such control is as bad as amazon deleting books remotely. There's a very spooky feeling about it.

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