Java Environment (7.04)

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Aug 1 01:15:42 UTC 2007

Dick Dowdell wrote:

> I'm fairly new to Ubuntu myself, but I'm a very old hand at Java
> development.  For some reason Kaffe is distributed with Ubuntu rather than
> the Sun JDK/JRE.  I've not found it a good choice.
> Yop can download Sun's Java JDK1.6.0_02 from Sun ( and
> On 7/31/07, jack <jdangler at> wrote:
>> I have 7.04 running and came across this page which details building a
>> java dev environment on ubuntu feisty...
>> After d/l'ing the jdk, the author says to execute this as a normal user
>> fakeroot make-jpkg jdk-6u2-linux-i586.bin

These are both very obsolete - just use the sun-java* packages from
multiverse.  No muss, no fuss.

Kaffe isn't actually "distributed with Ubuntu", it's just that some apps
requiring Java will specify a preferential jre - like 
"depends kaffe | java2-runtime", and if you don't have anything else that
provides "java2-runtime" you'll get kaffe.  In my case, I got gcj - which
is equally useless.  Usually, installing a late sun-java will allow you to
remove kaffe or gcj or any other lesser java without removing the packages
that caused them to be installed in the first place.

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