[arch-dev-public] Java on archlinux

Paul Mattal paul at mattal.com
Sun Jun 29 09:44:14 EDT 2008

Jan de Groot wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-06-29 at 10:47 +0200, Andreas Radke wrote:
>> +1 from me. Most work seems to done already in the AUR packages.
>> But then we should also drop providing SUN's jre/jdk in extra.
>> Let's support only free software. Let's put SUN stuff back to AUR.
>> That
>> also solves probable license issues.
> Both JRE/JDKs are compatible with eachother. The licensing of Sun
> JRE/JDK is "free" also due to the distribution license they put on it.
> This means we can distribute it with our distribution for free. This
> means there's no licensing issue, so we're allowed to have it in the
> repositories, either extra or community.
> I don't know what the current maintainer thinks about keeping JDK/JRE,
> but if he insists on keeping it, we'll keep it. If he decides to drop
> it, we'll drop it and place it in community.


Didn't realize this discussion was going to get into Sun JDK/JRE. Since 
they are free, and still provide the best compatibility around, I don't 
see why we should drop them.

Has anyone found circumstances in which the Sun JDK and JRE have been 
inadequate for their Java needs? I recognize that it's possible that one 
day OpenJDK will actually lead the pack, given the way the Java world is 
moving, but I don't think that day is yet, and generally prefer to be 
using the reference JVM wherever possible.

- P

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