Re: Java on Debian
2008/12/17 Girish Kulkarni <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 1. What is the Java Runtime Environment? And the Java Development Kit?
The JRE includes a virtual machine for running Java programs, the JDK
is stuff like the Java compiler and associated programs you need to
build and debug Java code.
> 2. What is my compiler? My Virtual Machine?
You can choose to use Java's non-free javac compiler (apt-cache search
sun java jdk), gcj, or OpenJDK.
> 3. Are there any free software implementations of Java?
Yeah, gcj and OpenJDK are the big ones. OpenJDK is a fully comformant
implementation of Java and I have not run into any problems with it at
all; it's Sun's official open implementation of Java.
Unfortunately, OpenJDK is too new to be packaged for etch, but you can
try to build it from sources.
- Jordi G. H.