Simple instructions for getting Java to work on 5.10?

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Jan 16 15:03:36 UTC 2006

Old Rocker wrote:

> On Saturday 14 Jan 2006 20:35, Daniel Robitaille wrote:
>> I think they cannot distribute the Sun Java directly due to its
>> license.  In any case, the wiki also has instructions on how to
>> install Java (and a bunch of other restricted formats):
> [snipped]
> The Sun JRE 1.5 is certainly covered by a different licence to the GPL
> applications, but several distros allow you to download it directly
> (after usually accepting the terms of a licence). Microsoft's core
> fonts (in the msttcorefonts package) are in the breezy repository and
> the licence terms are that you should have first purchased the
> Microsoft EULA to use them.  So the lack of the JRE is the repositories
> is not related per se to a licensing restriction.

Yes it is.  This has been far more than fully covered here. Sun's license
_specifically_ says that it may not be downloaded from any site other than
Sun's, except as part of a _single_ application.  Those distros that do
distribute it either violate the license or have signed a separate license
agreement with Sun.

The msttcorefonts license is completely different - it freely allows
redistribution but you have to have the MS EULA to use them.  

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