sun jdk vs java-1.6.0-openjdk

Andrew Haley aph at
Mon Jul 26 11:44:38 UTC 2010

On 07/26/2010 11:33 AM, Joerg Bergmann wrote:
>   Am 26.07.2010 11:41, schrieb Andrew Haley:
>> On 07/25/2010 05:43 AM, Bob Hartung wrote:
>>>     I have loaded Fedora13 without a hitch and am impressed by the
>>> improvements!
>>>     However, I am just now beginning Java programming and I am wondering
>>> if there is any substantial difference between java-1.6.0-openjdk and
>>> the sun jdk.
>> They are based on the same source code and both conform to the same
>> language specification.  For almost all purposes you won't see any
>> difference.
> I cannot confirm that. In real live, with Java apps not developed
> for OpenJava, 50% of the "large" applets as developed using Sun
> JDK fail with OpenJava.

That's really a very different use case: the web browser plugin, while
important, isn't part of the Java SE platform, and is not very likely
to affect anyone who wants to learn the Java language.


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