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Re: Java on Debian

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 11:03:15AM -0600, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
> 2008/12/17 Girish Kulkarni <girish@hri.res.in>:
> > 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.

Have all of the libraries been made available to openJDK, I found some
security ones where not available

> Unfortunately, OpenJDK is too new to be packaged for etch, but you can
> try to build it from sources.

openJDK is in unstable, no need to go to source

> HTH,
> - Jordi G. H.
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