Restricted extra’s in hardy, there’s a catch!

As most of you know, installing the “ubuntu-restricted-extras” is a fast and easy way to install lots of much needed stuff in ubuntu.

Well, in the hardy release they decided to put “open-java” in there instead of java6.

Why, why?

People install the restricted extras so their media and apps would work. Putting in open-java was a bad move and will only add another step in the customizing process.

I had to remove the package from synaptic and install “sun-java6-jre” and the plugin from synaptic to get frostwire running.

  1. Sometimes I get the feeling that the Ubuntu developers are sacrificing ease of use and lack of headaches in order to use just one more open-source piece of software, even if that software doesn’t actually work right. I’ve had many headaches using the open-source Java stuff like GIJ and IcedTea when switching over to the Sun Java versions worked much better for me. Same goes for Nvidia drivers.

  2. I gave up on Ubuntu, Ubuntu is a dumbing down project. I also noticed that Java weirdness in restricted extras.
    I use Debian Sid now (upgraded from Lenny), and am not likely to return to Ubuntu again.

      • Bill
      • April 16th, 2011

      Just change distro quietly you idiot. No one gives a fuck about you switching distro. Stop making such a king of yourself.

    • linuxowns
    • April 27th, 2008

    I agree with tuxicity. (the dumbing down part)

    But that being said, if you want to get down and dirty with the system, you still and always will be able to do so.

    • javaTux
    • April 28th, 2008

    I tried openJDK and it appers to be working. By the way OpenJDK project is bcaked up by Sun.

    • Vadim P.
    • April 30th, 2008

    When you mean making it more usable by “dumbing down”, then the piece of software really isn’t for you.

    Lose one, gain ten others is how it works.

    • chris4585
    • May 5th, 2008

    I agree Ubuntu is becoming too easy, but if that’s the problem, just install Ubuntu minimal and build your own DE if you don’t want everything so easy. Ubuntu minimal is the same as a Debian base install.. but with the Ubuntu repo’s, how I look at it.

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