[Live-demo] Which version of openjdk should be included on OSGeo-Live 6.0?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 19:32:04 PDT 2012

On 5/06/2012 8:09 AM, Hamish wrote:
> Angelos wrote:
>>> What should be our policy in case of a project still
>>> dependent on openjdk6 close to release date? Shall we
>>> exclude it from the disk for version 6.0?
> Cameron wrote:
>> I'd like hear back from projects before we make this call.
>> I think our options are:
>> 1. Only ship with openjdk7 and expect all projects to
>> migrate to openjdk7. This would be my preference if
>> possible, as we will be able to save disk space, which we
>> can use for including new applications.
>> 2. Ship with openjdk6 and 7, and have applications select
>> which version they are using in their startup script. This
>> will probably require all java applications to update their
>> startup script to select the java version they require
>> during initialisation.
> since the 'default-jdk' package on Ubuntu 12.04 is depending on
> openjdk-6-jdk, it seems a mixed message to then penalize projects
> for "doing the right thing" by using the official OS sources,
> when we're trying to encourage packaging into the OS.
Hamish, I agree that moving to only support openjdk 7 is a compromise, 
and not ideal.
But I suspect we might have it forced upon us as:
1. Many of the java apps (based on geotools) don't work with openjdk6, 
and from what I hear, there is too much work, and no business driver for 
these projects to get it working with openjdk6. So we will need to have 
openjdk7 if we are to keep applications such as geoserver and geonetwork.
And it will be preferable to only have one java version in order to save 

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