Linked by Christian Paratschek on Tue 2nd Nov 2004 16:46 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu By all means, Ubuntu Linux and Canonical Ltd. have made a spectacular arrival on the Linux scene lately. The combination is like a dream come true for many, many Linux aficionados: tightly selected bleeding edge packages to focus the distribution on a single CD, corporate backing, 18 month support, that all sounds like a formidable package.
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re: Java & proprietary stuff
by Metic on Tue 2nd Nov 2004 22:23 UTC

They legally cannot distribute "proprietary stuff"

They could if they paid money (some commercial distros do that)... But yeah, on a second thought, it would be next to imposible to keep Ubuntu (a commercial but also a free distro) free if the project would have to pay for stuff like that... I admit that I didn't think that suggestion through carefully enough...

Anyway, to make Java installation, configuration and updating as easy as possible was my main point. If things like that are too difficult for newbies there's no point to dream of Ubuntu (& other such distros) becoming very popular among newbie/home/non-geek Linux users too. And never mind DVD codecs, and even Flash etc. - people can find and configure those if they need them, but Java is important.