Sun Java 1.6.0.30 packages for Ubuntu

Sun Java 6 packages are being removed from Ubuntu in the near future for the following reasons:

  • As of August 24th 2011, Canonical no longer have permission to redistribute new Java packages as Oracle has retired the “Operating System Distributor License for Java”.
  • Oracle has published an advisory about security issues in the version of Java currently in the partner archive. Some of these issues are currently being exploited in the wild.
  • Due to the severity of the security risk, Canonical released a security update for the Sun JDK browser plugin which disables the plugin on all machines.
  • In the near future, Canonical will remove all Sun JDK packages from the Partner archive. This will be accomplished by pushing empty packages to the archive, so that the Sun JDK will be removed from all users machines when they do a software update. Users of these packages who have not migrated to an alternative solution will experience failures after the package updates have removed Oracle Java from the system.

See the full Canonical notice below.

Update Monday 16th January 2012

I’ve developed another solution for installing Java 6u30 on Ubuntu which doesn’t infringe any copyrights, licenses, terms of use or CoC’s. 

Update Friday 13th January 2012

My Java PPA has been disabled by Canonical, possibly because they violate the Ubuntu CoC and PPA terms of use, as Jef Spaleta noted in the comments below, although I’ve had no communication from Canonical at this time. I’m preparing an alternative solution, for those of you who need Sun Java 6, that doesn’t violate and copyrights, CoCs or terms of use. A new blog post will be made when that alternate solution is available.

My personal motivations for creating this PPA are as follows:

  • I require Sun Java 6 for two enterprise applications we use at work. OpenJDK is not fully compatible.
  • I require Sun Java 6 for two desktop applications at home (so does my father-in-law). OpenJDK not compatible in one instance and not fully compatible in the other.
  • I require Sun Java 6 browser plugin for a web applications I use at home. OpenJDK is not compatible.
  • A friend of mine requires Sun Java 6 for building AOSP from source. OpenJDK is not compatible.
  • Some friends of mine play Minecraft, apparently this will help ;-)
  • Janusz Dziemidowicz made it easy for me - https://github.com/rraptorr/sun-java6 The PPA currently publishes Sun Java 6 1.6.0.30 for:

  • Lucid i386/amd64

  • Maverick i386/amd64
  • Natty i386/amd64
  • Oneiric i386/amd64
  • Precise i386. However, amd64 is failing to build on Precise. I will try and fix this in due course.

To Sun Java 6 , previously instaled via packages, do the following.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To install Sun Java 6 JRE do the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre`

To install Sun Java 6 browser plugin do the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/java
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

To install Sun Java 6 JDK do the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk`

You can take a look a round my PPA from the URL below:

Enjoy!

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