Is Java WebStart Deprecated?

Robert Zenz robert.zenz at
Tue Nov 7 08:52:22 UTC 2017

apt/yum/zypper/etc. are very, very good and can be used as alternative, but it
would require that a command is run as root on *every* target machine. So this
either must be automated (like remote calls over ssh), or the user is given root
rights and the trust to do this (who would want that?). That seems rather
tedious compared to the WebStart/JNLP mechanism (especially for rather fast
moving applications), especially as such a solution would be bound to a specific

On 06.11.2017 16:00, Mario Torre wrote:
> Each distributions have their own app store already, in fact they had
> before App Store was even coined as a word. If you target one specific
> OS in your company is pretty easy to create, for example, an rpm and
> have a global configured repository that can be managed like any other
> across your organisation, and doesn't have to be accessible
> externally, it's very well suited for secure deployments of software.
> Also, while I didn't follow the whole discussion about its proposal, I
> believe the future jpackager API will make it easier to create
> distribution specific packages for a variety of targets. Flatpacks and
> similar methods are also gaining leverage. I think we should have
> separated deployment strategies from the java platform many years ago,
> it's good we're doing that now at last.
> Cheers,
> Mario

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