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From "Nelson, Tracy" <>
Subject RE: tomcat w/o commercial crap
Date Tue, 05 Dec 2006 17:58:51 GMT
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Christopher Schultz []
| Sent: Tuesday, 05 December, 2006 11:13
| The blackdown JDK is one of the oldest non-Sun JDKs available for
| I believe that it is completely open source. Someone mentioned that
| blackdown was based on Sun's code... I think that's completely false:
| blackdown was always a "more free" competitor to Sun's implementation.

Actually, I believe the Blackdown JDK was based on an early (1.0.7?) Sun
JRE, and then extended to provide support for later Java versions.  ISTR
that some early Blackdown versions were just patch sets you had to apply
to a JDK you already had installed.  Ultimately, Javasoft released the
1.2 JDK sources to the Blackdown team (technically, they "licensed" the
J2SE code base under the "Sun Scholarship" banner), and Sun eventually
wound up supporting Java on Linux themselves.

Anyone know if Debian is willing to support Sun's JDK now that it's

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