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Re: Is it time to remove sun-java6?

reassign 541100 icedtea6-plugin

On Thu, Oct 08, 2009 at 07:39:33PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 08, 2009 at 11:44:21AM -0400, Barry deFreese wrote:
> > There has also been some similar discussions in Ubuntu with some
> > users reporting that some web sites and packages don't work with
> > openjdk but I have not seen a lot of concrete proof.
> I might look a naive user here, but with openjdk I still don't have
> plugin support in firefox 3.5, whereas it was working with
> sun-java*. I'm on amd64 and using icedtea6-plugin, even the most simple
> examples of http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/1.5.0/demos/applets.html
> do not appear to work.

This is a bug, and it has already been filed.  The maintainer has fixed
it in the Ubuntu version, and therefore it should be fixed in Debian
shortly.  If the bug still isn't fixed by the time Iceweasel 3.5 hits
unstable, I'll upgrade it to grave.

> I know I should have filled the bug report first, but I frankly
> discovered only now that the equivalent of old sun-java6-plugin
> metapackage is icedtea and that's bring me to another subject: users
> should be informed on how to migrate away from sun java6 (even because
> it would be a de facto switch from non-free software to free software,
> even if it is the same).  Do we currently have a smooth migration path
> from the old set of packages to the new set in place for Lenny to
> Squeeze migrations?

Uh, icedtea6-plugin is present and installable; that would be the
replacement for sun-java6-plugin.  It doesn't work in non-Gecko
browsers, but I don't think sun-java6-plugin did either.

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