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Re: Which javas? (Was java / iceweasel)

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Wolodja Wentland wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 14:33 -0500, Ken Heard wrote:
>> On Camale�n's advice in alternatives I changed my default java to the
>> sun-java6-jre version.  In your post you also indicated that that
>> version is the best one to use.  I have consequently purged the packages
> You might want to consider installing openjdk-6-jre, which is the open
> source variant of SUN's JRE. For more information see [1], but just to
> give you a little teaser:
> "A few of us have been discussing the removal of sun-java6. It is
> non-free, orphaned, buggy (including security bugs), and can generally
> be replaced by openjdk"
> [1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/10/msg00140.html

I looked at that thread.  Since I am not on the developer list I did not
see it when it first appeared at the beginning of October.

In any event I installed package icedtea-gcjwebplugin (Lenny), which
caused openjdk-6-jre and dependencies to be installed as well.  (Also
installed were 10 ttg font packages for various Indian languages which I
later purged.)

I then ran "update-alternatives --config java", which now gave me the
choice of either /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/bin/java or
/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/java.  I changed the default from
java-6-sun to java-6-openjdk.

Finally I opened OpenOffice.  The java options window there also showed
both java-6-sun and java-6-openjdk. I switched from the former to the

If I have problems I will report back.  Thanks for the tip.

Regards, Ken Heard

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