Java in Ubuntu !!!

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Mon Aug 29 08:10:38 UTC 2005

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 07:50:01 +0100
paul cooke <paul.cooke100 at> wrote:

> On Monday 29 August 2005 03:06, Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
> > I just happened to be needing to test a program I have been pointed to.
> > I go to the project's website and oh horror, the program is implemented
> > as a java "JAR" file, no Java on Ubuntu, not free, and a pain to
> > install, it will never work I give up right now.
> > It says that in order to run the program you need to type at the command
> > line : "java -jar <prog-name> <options...>
> >
> > I did that just for the sake of it, and OH-MY-GOD-IT-WORKED !!! :-OOOO
> >
> > I nearly fell off my chair !
> > I couldn't believe it, Ubuntu now has JAVA !
> NO IT DOESN'T... at some point in the past, you installed it... you just 
> forgot about it, that's all
> Ubuntu will never have Java out of the box unless Sun get their act together 
> and relax the license conditions about redistribution.

Also noteworthy:

from which...


"We are trying to rescue the trapped Java programs, so if you like the Java language, we invite you to help in developing GNU Classpath. Trying your programs with the the GCJ Compiler and GNU Classpath, and reporting any problems you encounter in classes already implemented, is also useful. However, finishing GNU Classpath will take time; if more non-free libraries continue to be added, we may never have all the latest ones. So please don't put your free software in shackles. When you write an application program today, write it to run on free facilities from the start."

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No further comment.


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