A suggestion: Why not set Sun's JDK as the default one?

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Mon Oct 20 17:28:37 UTC 2008

Glenn Holmer wrote:

> On Thu, 2008-10-16 at 13:03 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> yueyu lin wrote:
>> Now even JDK's
>> > source codes are open-sourced, I really can't find any clues that the
>> > Sun's JDK can't be the default.
>> It can, but because of licensing it couldn't when Hardy was released.
> I agree with the OP that Sun's Java should be the default (with the
> option for OpenJDK if you're squeamish).  In fact, I think it should be
> installed out-of-box. 

Absolutely not.  A default JRE, fine, but Ubuntu doesn't install compilers,
so why would it install a JDK?  

> If proprietary video drivers are installed by default, then Java certainly
should be.

Drivers (and "Java") are a whole different ball game from a JDK.

> But Sun's Open Source version of Java (OpenJDK) was available by the
> time 8.04 was released; 

But was it available a year ago?  I don't think so, and that's the date that

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