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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I was afraid of this.
by theosib on Mon 19th Dec 2011 17:57 UTC
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I know LOTS of programming languages, so I wouldn't feel much loss without it, but I rather like Java for being able to put together reasonably portable GUI apps. As languages go, it's not particularly elegant, but it's not terrible either, and it has a huge ecosystem.

But Oracle seems bent on destroying everything it acquired from Sun. They mucked up OpenOffice, they're working really hard at destroying Solaris (which was a great OS… back in 2000 or so), and now they're turning their attention to Java. About the only thing they're doing half right is to update the SPARC architecture, although they're still really horribly out-dated.

I understand their desire to make a profit from the assets they acquired, but it's amazing just how clueless they are about how to go about it. You don't profit from something at all if you run off everyone who would have used it.

Edited 2011-12-19 17:59 UTC

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RE: I was afraid of this.
by Lennie on Mon 19th Dec 2011 18:56 in reply to "I was afraid of this."
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While I'm not a great supporter of Java or Oracle, but Java isn't going away. Just the Sun JRE/JDK is going away, OpenJDK is the replacement.

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RE[2]: I was afraid of this.
by zzarko on Mon 19th Dec 2011 23:44 in reply to "RE: I was afraid of this."
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Yes, and some programs, just don't work with it. jDownloader, for example, runs for about hour or two, and then throws an exception.

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RE[2]: I was afraid of this.
by Clinton on Tue 20th Dec 2011 05:48 in reply to "RE: I was afraid of this."
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A lot of Java programs don't work right with OpenJDK, e.g. development tools by JetBrains.

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