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

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 21:47:18 PST 2011

> > 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?
> > 
> no idea, the ubuntu link just says it will be removed "in the near future".
> which means a security update will remove the packages from your system
> unless you put them on "hold". I'd be surprised if they could hold out
> until 12.04 LTS is released, I suspect to keep their corporate users
> happy canonical'd be trying damn hard to make it that far.

My understanding is that OpenJDK will be the reference implementation for JDK 7, and the sun-java release was a temporary solution to get around distribution issues while they waited for Java to go open source[1].
> The packages are already not present in 11.10, and so will not be built
> and available for 12.04 LTS and the 6.0 livedvd build based upon it.
> I don't know what the situation with the similarly-licensed JAI is.
I assume these we download and install.  uDig is looking into bundling JAI+ImageIO as part of the application (perhaps allowing us to use the system Java?) - no idea if it will be successful or not as Frank has only just made the change proposal.
[1] http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/simon-says/2011/12/why-java-isnt-dead-on-ubuntu/index.htm 

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