Open JDK 7 doesn't have 64 bit package or a mozilla plugin?

Craig White craigwhite at
Mon Dec 26 03:30:30 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-12-25 at 20:55 -0500, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 12/25/2011 06:30 PM, Craig White wrote:
> > I'm not sure why anyone would actually want to run the closed binary
> > from oracle when they can run the open source version from their own
> > distribution. I sort of thought that is the point of open source anyway.
> Craig, crack open synaptic and do the usual java search for the Oracle 
> Java JDK ... ain't there no mo. OpenJDK 6 has been a POS for my needs.
of course you won't find oracle's java (either jre or jdk) in any Linux
distribution since it is binary only.

The whole point of openjdk was to deploy a completely open source
version of java.

Now I would suspect that your rendered judgment of openjdk being a POS
probably stems from some ancient version that probably didn't have the
muscle for running some java based web app but for at least a year now,
it should be enough to satisfy the needs of about 90% of the Linux

I haven't checked Ubuntu's versions but I know that Fedora's eclipse
development and tomcat use openjdk and are quite functional.

If there is something that you can't do with openjdk and/or
icedtea6-plugin at this point, I would be surprised.

Then if you toss in the distinct advantage of having timely updates
automatically installed whenever you update, code that is openly audited
and monitored for security issues I think you can figure out that their
are distinct advantages to openjdk.


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