Re: Sun Java available from non-free
> So why is Java su much more important than all other packages in NEW?
One metric could be the popularity-contest score. Looking at
<URL:http://popcon.debian.org/unknown/by_vote> to see what packages
are in common use by our packages while being missing in the debian
archive show java in the lead together with mplayer and other
media-related stuff. Based on those numbers I conclude that Java is
important to our users.
Based on my involvement in Debian Edu, I know Java is important to the
schools we try to move over to free software, and together with a
Flash player are one of the important pieces free software are missing
to provide a complete solution for schools.
But getting non-free Java is only easing the situation (less
maintenance as more people will work on the packages), it isn't
solving it. And I work with Debian Java to solve it, and will provide
SUN Java to the schools until the point where a free alternative exist
that will fulfill the needs of the schools.