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 martini on Mon 19th Dec 2011 17:59 UTC
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Can anybody explain me what is the big deal with this?

Oracle is removing the Java JRE to be distribuited in Linux. But it is promoting OpenJDK to be used instead of that.

I prefer OpenJDK since it is complete open source compared to Java JRE.

Is there a compatibility problem? is there any Oracle tricky commercial move where Java JRE is going to run better than OpenJDK?

What is the problem moving to OpenJDK?

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RE: What?
by Tuxie on Mon 19th Dec 2011 18:19 in reply to "What?"
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Yes, there are compatibility problems. Many third party applications don't work with OpenJDK yet. Crashplan is one and I'm sure there are others. Yes, I'm sure that it's the fault of those those applications but the net effect from a user's point of view is still that they can run it with Sun JDK and not with OpenJDK.

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by dnebdal on Mon 19th Dec 2011 19:10 in reply to "RE: What?"
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My bank uses a java-based authenticator thing that didn't handle openJDK well last time I tried, too. Oh well, I guess it's about time to see if they've fixed it. (Where "they" can be my bank or OpenJDK - either way works.)

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by ebasconp on Mon 19th Dec 2011 19:22 in reply to "RE: What?"
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My Java app running on top of the OpenJDK crashed when doing some things using JNI, but the same app used to run as wanted in a Sun JDK environment. So... yes, there are incompatibilities.

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RE: What?
by pel! on Tue 20th Dec 2011 22:07 in reply to "What?"
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You obviously haven't tried to USE software written for/on the Sun java binaries on OpenJDK. While they might 'work' they are ridden with bugs and seemingly random crashes. I wish it wasn't so ;)

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