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Removal of sun-java6 from Debian
As said in one of my previous blog post, we, Debian, were going to remove sun-java6 packages from the archive once critical security issues would come. It was supposed to happen sooner and later and here we are. The version 29 (see the #645881 Debian bug) of the Oracle proprietary JVM has been released. It fixes some critical issues but, because of the DLJ removal, Debian is no longer able to distribute it.
Unfortunately, we have no other choice than asking for a removal from the archive and promote the use of the openjdk 6 & 7.
The conclusion is:
apt-get --purge remove sun-java6-jre && apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
apt-get install --purge openjdk-7-jrewould be more appropriate, in order to avoid removing packages that depend on Java.
As I've the last Oracle version that was distributed installed and can switch between the two browser plugins with three clicks, I don't care _too_ much, but it'd be nice if you'd cautioned users, that purging might have them going through the snapshots service in case they're forced to use a service like ElsterOnline...
2. Perhaps the issue of non-free Java can be solved like issue of non-free Flash  -- package with script that download Java from the upstream's page and installs it (java-package  may be recycled).
2) Here, the difference with the flash issue is that we have an alternative which is more than credible (openjdk 7)
2) Sure, OpenJDK 7 may be more than credible, but there a still some things that requires (or works better with) Java from Oracle. I'm not forcing anyone to do so, just showing how this issue with retiring DLJ can be possibly solved.