Canonical Will Remove Java From Ubuntu

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Tue Dec 20 16:48:17 UTC 2011

Peter Robinson wrote:
> Actually that's not entirely correct. They're removing the Sun Java
> closed source variant due to changes in licensing from Oracle
> preventing them from shipping security fixes. They also ship OpenJDK
> which is the open source release of the Java JDK as shipped in Fedora
> and that will continue to be available and its completely compatible
> with the Sun variant as its mostly based on the same code. I
> personally think its a good thing.
> See their press release with the full details

What I don't understand is why they're replacing the packages with empty 
packages rather than just dragging in OpenJDK as an upgrade, which IMHO 
would be much less disruptive.

        Kevin Kofler

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