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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RE: Forced removal
by chemical_scum on Wed 21st Dec 2011 17:58 UTC in reply to "Forced removal"
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I'm sure anyone who knows their way around dpkg knows how to get around this, but still... nasty shock for the poor end-users, isn't it?

You don't even need to know anything about dpkg to avoid this. Just don't tick any updates for Java in software updates. I didn't know they were going to remove the plugin when I updated on Sunday so I lost it.

What is irritating is that after the inclusion in 2006 of the Sun binaries in the Ubuntu repositories it made it easy for new (and old) users to install Java. Now a new user has to deal with the command line and edit profiles to set environmental variables to get Sun/Oracle Java working. It's OK for me as I have been installing Java on Linux since 2000 but it's tougher for a newbie.

I need to run the Sun/Oracle Linux because a lot of scientific applications (and websites for the plugin) depend on the Sun extentions so I have to have it on my system rather than the OpenJDK for me to be able to work.

Edited 2011-12-21 17:59 UTC

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