Full Java Stack In Ubuntu

Sun at FISL in Brazil

I just got back from Brazil, where I was honoured to be a speaker at FISL 8. Attended by over 5,000 people, FISL is one of the world's largest Free software events. I gave them an update on progress making the Java platform Free software in an open source community. The reaction was overwhelming - I kept having people come and thank me for Sun's contribution to Free software.

I wondered why so many people were so grateful, and once it was explained I understood. In Brazil, almost all the banks have online banking interfaces written as Java applets; the tax authorities have a tax filing applet; the use of Java is pervasive. This was great - except for people on GNU/Linux. It turns out that making the JDK available in Debian made an enormous difference to the Brazilian Free software movement, since they were finally able to gain the same access to the necessities of modern online life as those trapped on proprietary operating systems.

So I assume they will be delighted with today's announcement, made a little while ago by Sun software EVP Rich Green in a speech in São Paulo. The news is that a full Java developer stack with tools is available from today in the Multiverse repository for Ubuntu 7.04 (that's Feisty Fawn). It includes JDK 6, the Glassfish Java EE server, the NetBeans development environment and the Java DB database. From today, Ubuntu becomes a first-class Java developer platform (just like Solaris Express already is). That also makes deployment easy - having Glassfish or Java DB as a dependency becomes almost trivial. More details on Sun's GNU/Linux page. Ubuntu gets a new colour!

Comments:

Nice... does this include a PPC version of the JRE for all us Feisty users on PowerBooks, or are we going to have to keep installing IBM's packages?

(The sun-java6-jre packages are sitting temptingly in the PPC multiverse, just as the sun-java5-jre packages have been for months, but both depend on the corresponding sun-java-bin package, which has never been available on PPC afaik...)

Posted by Calum Benson on April 19, 2007 at 09:29 PM PDT #

Sorry, no - IBM and Apple are not participating in this process and Sun doesn't make PPC binaries since those other two companies do. If they'd like to start opening up (in this case only to the extent of using the DLJ, nothing too heavy yet!) they would be most welcome.

Posted by Simon Phipps on April 19, 2007 at 09:33 PM PDT #

Great, but could you clarify. The JDK in Ubuntu 7.04 is not a fully open-source JDK right? I thought that was still due (soon), but mentioning them together confuses things.

Posted by Murray Cumming on April 19, 2007 at 11:58 PM PDT #

The JDKs in Feisty are the existing ones licensed under the Distro License for Java - that's why they are in Multiverse and not in Main. Once OpenJDK is fully released (by the end of June) we'll be packaging a fully Free JDK and JRE for Ubuntu (and others).

Since IBM is not attempting either of these licensing approaches, their PPC code is not available packaged for easy use. I'd love to hear from them if they are interested in joining the party, though.

Posted by Simon Phipps on April 20, 2007 at 08:54 PM PDT #

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