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Why Java Isn't Dead On Ubuntu

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There has been a certain amount of upset finally surfacing as a result of the decision Oracle took over the summer to discontinue packaging Java for Linux under the Distro License for Java. Quite a lot of people commenting on the article at OMGUbuntu this week, for example, see the news that the Java packages are no longer being maintained in the Ubuntu repository as a sign of the End Times for Java (ETJ). As I commented on Google+, I don't think this is the case.

The clear problem was that Java realistically wasn't available to most Linux users, so we crafted a new license for Sun's Java implementation for Linux that allowed it to be packaged in Linux distributions - the Distro License for Java (DLJ) - and engaged the Debian community. Knowing we'd probably get it wrong first time, we "embedded" a staff member in the Debian community (he's still there) and asked what they thought of our new license.

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