14 Apr 2004 pnasrat   » (Journeyer)

Java a packagers viewpoint

Life has been busy - weddings take up a lot of your time...

Well havoc and others are commenting on java currently so I thought I'd give an opinion from the trenches.

Having worked with JPackage for a long time one the main frustrations is having to make our users repackage the non-free components. However due to licensing confusion as summarised by another Jpackage member figuring out what we could provide as a package is non-trivial. Also trying to keep things FHS compliant means modifications (even if it is just changing paths or wrapper scripts due to lack of proper symlink resolving) which the license prohibits.

On the bright side there is cross distribution discussion that is looking at the issues with java both on free VM's and vendor ones.

I have been very impressed with RHUG and the native java stuff going into Fedora, it is good news for JPackage as people are looking at interoperability. Java support is required for both Fedora and RHEL realistically and it isn't going to go away soon, hopefully we can make it transparent for any implementation.

Oh and hopefully we'll get an updated native Eclipse snapshot soon...

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