OpenJDK in Debian
Over a year after Sun's initial release of OpenJDK as free software,
Debian successfully managed to build a version of
OpenJDK using only
free software. Apparently, the hard part was bootstrapping OpenJDK
with the GNU Java compiler gcj. And it seems they did a very good job,
as there are hardly any drawbacks compared to the proprietary version.
Playing FreeCol with OpenJDK
(click to enlarge)
I tested a few applications and they all worked flawlessly. When
playing Java games like FreeCol, I
noticed that there's even sound support, which is missing in Sun's
OpenJDK version. What's still missing is the browser plugin. It is
however only in contrib, but can be expected to be moved to main
So we can finally bury our worries about the Java
trap. If you want to
try it yourself: apt-get install openjdk-6-jre.
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