Ubuntu 11.10 VM including OpenJDK Build Image

Wade Chandler hwadechandler-openjdk at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 24 02:21:59 UTC 2012

On 02/23/2012 10:56 AM, Andrew Haley wrote:
> On 02/23/2012 01:53 PM, Wade Chandler wrote:
>> Forgot to send to list before...
>> On 02/23/2012 05:09 AM, Andrew Haley wrote:
>>> On 02/23/2012 04:09 AM, Wade Chandler wrote:
>>>> Perhaps this is being done for Fedora. I was under the impression
>>>> from the recent push, or at least perceived push, from Oracle to get
>>>> folks using the OpenJDK and not their builds distributed within an
>>>> operating system
>>> I don't understand.  OpenJDK is distributed within an OS.  Where did
>>> they say this?
>> Here I'm specifically referring to the EOL of the OS bundle license for
>> the Sun/Oracle distributed runtimes. For instance, on Ubuntu now, one
>> needs to go get the Oracle version specifically from them versus it
>> being able to be installed from the Ubuntu software center.
> You're not really explaining this very well.  Why would the EOL of
> JDK 6 have any bearing on this?
> Andrew.

I'm not referring to an EOL of Java 6. What I'm referring to is an EOL 
of allowing operating system providers to provide Oracles JRE/JDK in 
operating systems. That forces Linux distros to distribute OpenJDK only 
and users to get Oracle JDK 7,8,etc on their own if there is to be such 
a thing and obviously depending on its price. So, if Windows computer 
manufacturers would like to distribute a JDK, it will have to be 
OpenJDK. If not, then users have to get it on their own. This has 
various implications for Applets and Web Start in my opinion considering 
my new perceived understanding of OpenJDK, TCK, and what operating 
systems are distributing. That seems to have various implications for 
how successful JavaFX2.0 will be as well. I have no idea how all this is 
going to turn out, just along for the ride, but certainly a lot to 
ponder right now.

Perhaps there are other license deals in the works for Apple and Windows 
distribution and much isn't going to change, but I have a feeling it is 
from what I have read (my only window into this issue).

Anyways, I use Ubuntu daily, and my thoughts on this come from:

Please admonish me and especially them if it is wrong.




Wade Chandler

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