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Old 03-02-2007, 05:21 AM   #1
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Which Linux to use?


I am using Fedora 6. I need Sun's Java development SDK for specific tools that are not available in the GNU Java tools that come with Fedora 6.

I have made several unsuccessful attempts to get Sun's Java SDK working with my Fedora 6 operating systems. It seems the JPackage software will only work with specific Sun downloads. The only J2SE Sun download available is Java 6.0 which JPackage does not recognize.

My question: What are the popular Linux operating system other than Fedora?

Are there Linux versions that will permit me to install and use Sun's Java SKD without a lot of dependency issues and this-and-that installs that have to be just-so-and-so or nothing will work?

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jpackage can't handle 64 bit java is what I have found. Even so, it's perfectly possible to get it installed. All you need to do is download the jdk straight from sun and install that. Installation instructions can be found at their site. You'll have to update /etc/alternatives manually after that.

If you prefer having jdk integrated into your system, you should go with either Debian of openSuse (mine are using jdk6 at this time, I simply had to install from their repos).

You may also want to consider whether it's interesting at all to run 64 bit java as it has some missing features. If you go 32 bit java, then I recommend using 32 bit Debian (yes 32 bit - it is faster than any of the 64 bit systems I'm running; also 64 bit Debian takes extra work to run 32 bit apps) or openSuse 64 bit, which easily integrates 32 bit applications.


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