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Slackware has a JVM

Slackware has a JVM

Posted Mar 25, 2004 7:38 UTC (Thu) by remijnj (guest, #5838)
Parent article: GNOME Platform Stormclouds

Currently, to the author's knowledge, the only Linux distributions that ship with either the Sun or IBM JVMs are a few commercial enterprise distributions.

My favorite distribution, Slackware, comes with a JVM installed by default. This is what i see in Slackware 9.1.

$ java -version
java version "1.4.2_03"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.4.2_03-b02)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.4.2_03-b02, mixed mode)


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SuSE has JVM, too

Posted Mar 25, 2004 13:47 UTC (Thu) by zorgan (guest, #4016) [Link]

and has always had it since quite a while ago. To me, the idea of a desktop
distribution without java support seems pretty strange. So many small OSS
application that a) want to have a GUI and b) want to be cross-platform decide to use
java.

Commercial SuSE?

Posted Mar 25, 2004 14:24 UTC (Thu) by tomd (guest, #881) [Link]

Yeah, the article probably should've just said commercial distributions, and left "enterprise" out. I'm running SuSE 9.0 installed from FTP, and no IBM or Sun JVM here that I can see (and I snarfed the entire free 9.0 mirror). One of the first things I did post-install was download and install one. Would I be right in assuming that you bought a boxed set?

Commercial SuSE?

Posted Mar 27, 2004 12:54 UTC (Sat) by rise (guest, #5045) [Link]

Retail boxed SuSE versions have been indeed been shipping with both Sun and IBM Java JREs/SDKs.  The FTP version could be missing the packages for a number of reasons, size being one non-license possiblity that springs to mind.

Slackware has a JVM

Posted Mar 25, 2004 14:37 UTC (Thu) by tomd (guest, #881) [Link]

This is interesting. I understood that there were licensing issues redistributing the Sun JDK, ie you can't except with explicit approval from Sun. That's certainly what the blackdown FAQ says:
http://www.blackdown.org/java-linux/docs/support/faq-release/FAQ-java-linux-8.html#licensing

While vendors can certainly ask Sun for permission, since I hadn't seen any free (meaning mirrored, in this case) distros carrying it, I believed that Sun wouldn't let unrestrained distribution take place in that way. Perhaps they decided that Slackware distribution included mirrors, but people couldn't redistribute the JDK separately? Hmm.

Slackware has a JVM

Posted Mar 25, 2004 15:56 UTC (Thu) by busterb (subscriber, #560) [Link]

Slackware carries a pre-packaged version of Sun Java on its mirrors, and has done so for several years. This comes from the Changelog for Slackware 8.0:

Mon Apr 2 15:30:09 PDT 2001
contrib/java/: Added Java(TM) 2 SDK, Standard Edition,
Version 1.3.0_02. Thanks to Sun Microsystems for
allowing us to include this with Slackware.

Prior to that, Slackware distributed the Blackdown JDK. I'm not sure what Patrick Volkerding did to get distribution rights, but there apparently has not been any issue getting the Sun version of Java included in the freely-downloadble version and even repackaged as a Slackware tarball.

Slackware has a JVM

Posted Mar 25, 2004 17:31 UTC (Thu) by remijnj (guest, #5838) [Link]

Yes, i see now. Thank god for Slackware and Patrick Volkerding, a bit of sanity in the world of linux distros.

Just to clarify though, the jvm is now in the normal install (not confined to contrib anymore). It resides in the "d" (development) set.


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