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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Potential removal of OpenJDK and Tomcat from Ubuntu main
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:06:29 GMT
On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM, Wido den Hollander <> wrote:
> Hi,
> James Page from Canonical just pointed me to a thread [0] on the Ubuntu
> Cloud list where the discussion started to remove OpenJDK7/Tomcat from
> Ubuntu main.
> He asked me what the impact would be regarding to CloudStack if users would
> have to fetch OpenJDK and Tomcat from a 3rd party repo, so I quickly
> responded that it would hurt the Ubuntu users running CloudStack.
> For now it looks like OpenJDK and Tomcat will stay in Ubuntu's main
> repository, but for me it sparked the discussion again around Java 7.
> We can be pretty sure that distributions will be dropping Java 6 pretty
> soon, so want to change the Maven settings to force Java 7 in the master
> repository.
> We should also start testing with Tomcat 7 since we can expect Ubuntu 14.04
> (the next LTS) to only have that tomcat version.
> We've been over the Java 7 switch over and over, so I recommend we simply
> switch master.
> I'll start a different thread about that later with a ANNOUNCE in it.
> Wido
> [0]:

No disagreement re Tomcat7/JDK7

So forgive my ignorance. But isn't universe available by default? (I
am not an Ubuntu-ite - so I understand main to be what Canonical
supports and maintains very actively, and universe is what the
community and non-Canonical supported packages land. Is that
understanding correct? )

If my understanding is correct; users might be using a JDK with
security issues (which is its own set of problems) but they'd still
have a JDK accessible?


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