[arch-dev-public] Java on archlinux

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sun Jun 29 14:52:37 EDT 2008

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 8:44 AM, Paul Mattal <paul at mattal.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Hi.
> 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.

Whoa! I'm with Paul here. This was never meant to be the free software
crusade. When we become Debian I will find myself a new distro.


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