[Live-demo] Java apps: better get working on your OpenJDK port ...

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 13:35:01 PST 2011

Can you please clarify where we stand on the next OSGeoLive 5.5 release 
(which is based upon Xubuntu 11.04). Will we be allowed to include sun 
java on an Xubuntu 11.04?

I'm interested to know how much time we have to switch to OpenJDK. Do we 
have to migrate everything by this coming osgeolive release, or do we 
have another 6 months, when we use a later Xubuntu base?

On 21/12/2011 9:53 AM, Hamish wrote:
> Hi,
> as we suspected would happen eventually, Oracle is
> pulling the rug out and retiring their Java-6 Open
> Distribution license, so in future end-users will
> have to download it themselves. thus anything which
> doesn't work with OpenJDK is going to be SOL very
> soon as we can't legally ship Sun's Java6 anymore.
> dunno if that also applies to the JAI library
> which is in the same license boat.
> on the plus side:
> -OpenJDK has come a really long way recently
> -hey maybe this frees us up some disc space ;-)
> I don't know if it will still be in the 11.04 repos
> (as anything other than a wrapper package that says
> it isn't there any more) by the time of our final
> build; the java browser plugin is already disabled
> in 10.04LTS+ as ubuntu aren't allowed to distribute
> bug fixes to known security holes in it.
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-December/001528.html
> http://robilad.livejournal.com/90792.html
> If you want to live dangerously and hold on to what
> you've got, before it gets removed by a security
> update:
> sudo aptitude hold sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre  sun-java6-jdk
> sudo su
> echo "sun-java6-jdk hold" | dpkg --set-selections
> echo "sun-java6-jre hold" | dpkg --set-selections
> echo "sun-java6-bin hold" | dpkg --set-selections
> (I consider the browser plugin to be a no-hoper so
> leave it out of the above)
> have fun,
> Hamish
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