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Old 07-09-2012, 08:52 PM   #16
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There are some issues with OpenJDK and OpenJRE but most of them are minor stuff like the different Java Console and the need to use the IcedTea library to use Java in web browsers to name a few, but the problems are minor and few from what I've read up on. Otherwise it's a fairly sound drop in replacement.

I give OpenJRE and OpenJDK a +1 vote to replace the outdated Oracle packages. We need an update for Java, and it fit's the bill to go with OpenJRE and OpenJDK.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 03:03 AM   #17
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I think they will probably have to drop Oracle JRE because there was a thread on here about why it wasn't patched for a critical security flaw. Someone said it was because it can't be redistributed anymore.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 07:56 AM   #18
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From this post in Alien BOB's blog, it is easy to see what is planned.

Let me quote his comment posted: July 10, 2012 at 00:28:
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I had two ulterior goals with this.
First of all: my promise to Pat Volkerding to come up with a re-distributable Java package after Oracle changed its license. And second, to ensure that I would be able to repeat the process on an ARM architecture. Back in december I had decided I would order my first ARM based work horse using the donation money that had accumulated: the TrimSlite. ARMedslack did not have any Java – I think it still does not.
So, please be patient everybody. Unless Eric encounter unexpected obstacle on his path, we can expect that OpenJDK be included in Slackware 14.

That's my guess, at least

EDIT Only a guess, I admit, see Alien Bob's post below.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:49 AM   #19
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I think Icedtea may be easier to install and use.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 09:54 AM   #20
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Icedtea is not a Java package itself. It is only a build harness which makes it easier to compile OpenJDK from source and also allows the creation of a Java web browser plugin package.

Whether you find Oracle's own JDK or OpenJDK easier to install is a matter of opinion I guess. The icedtea-web plugin does not yet have 100% coverage of the capabilities of the Oracle binary (which is not opensource).

And what happens to Java in Slackware 14 is still undecided. It is not certain that OpenJDK will be added. My full post (of which the above quote was only a part) did not imply that it's certain it will get added.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:54 AM   #21
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Thanks for providing us the official answer we were waiting for

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:01 AM   #22
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I thank you for the response as well, Eric, but I guess it was jumping the gun partially as the new update includes this:

"Next, Java has gone away due to licensing restrictions..."

I suppose there's still a chance Eric's package will make it in since we're still not at .rc1, but it doesn't look hopeful at this point.
 
  


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