Most Linux developers and sysadmins I talk to think JPackage is great, but repackaging Sun Java looks like mission impossible to them. So I created a shell script, that does everything you need to bootstrap your JPackage environment except for downloading Sun Java.
The Java.Net Community Corner in the Java One Pavillion will feature a few talks of special interest for Linux developers.
Sun itself is asking developers to test their apps with third-part JREs to ensure the Java platform remain compatible. But missing from his claim was the need to test them also with the many cleam room, open source software JREs out there, and the need to throw out references to non-standard, vendor-provided JRE classes from application code.
During the end of 2005 I had a customer who could not run a Java Applet on his desktops, despite having the latest update from Sun. And the desktops ran the fastest-growing OS and browser in the market today
Life of Linux System and Network Administrators and Developers would be easier if all Java software vendors started to use JPackage guidelines when b uilding their installation packages.
Even if you manage to create a terrifc first Swing app for your users, the second one will probably hurt you.
In spite of all the rants about the need of open source Java, the open source / free software community itself is doing very little to make it real.
The Linux Community at Java.Net is the place where you Java developer that works on or targets Linux and other Open Source platforms like OpenBSD can find a forum to express your views about how Java could be improved. So what improvements do you think Java could have when running on Linux? And how do you think F/OSS developers and the JCP could work better together?