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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slow down everyone
by TechGeek on Mon 19th Dec 2011 19:42 UTC
TechGeek
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2006-01-14

Before everyone gets their panties in a wad, you should go to groklaw. They have a link to someone who actually provides a good explanation for this decision. Oracle is now using OpenJDK 7 as the reference platform for its Java. So for 7/1.7, they should be completely compatible. As OpenJDK is open source, there is no reason for Oracle to ship Java under its old license. This has NOTHING to do with Google. Ubuntu has had OpenJDK for a while. But you can still get Oracle's gratis Java if you want, just under Oracle's standard license.

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RE: slow down everyone
by dnebdal on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:19 in reply to "slow down everyone"
dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

Right, that makes a surprising amount of sense.

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RE: slow down everyone
by lucas_maximus on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:44 in reply to "slow down everyone"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

But OpenJDK isn't 100% compatible. For fully compatibility you are still going to have to install it yourself via .deb on Ubuntu.

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RE[2]: slow down everyone
by chemical_scum on Tue 20th Dec 2011 03:08 in reply to "RE: slow down everyone"
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

But OpenJDK isn't 100% compatible. For fully compatibility you are still going to have to install it yourself via .deb on Ubuntu.


There are no Oracle .debs only rpm's and an executable .bin binary installer you need for debian based and other non rpm distro's.

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