Canonical have reversed their decision to remove Java from Ubuntu users' machines. Oracle, the owners of Sun Java, retired the 'distributor license' that allows operating system vendors to provide the package to users in August of last year. This change in terms forced Ubuntu's security board to announce that it would be removing Sun JDK package from its 'Partner' repository, and 'upgrading' the official Java release on Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 with an 'empty' package, thus disabling it. as a 'security measure'.
The news that Sun Java 6 will be removed from Ubuntu caused some users to panic. But as great a move as this turned out to be for open-source, OpenJDK is by no means perfect. Many applications, particularly those used in enterprise, don't play nicely with it, or refuse to run at all. Thankfully there is a solution.
Oracle's Sun Java JDK packages are to be removed from the Ubuntu partner repositories and disabled on users systems. Oracle, in retiring the 'Operating System Distributor License for Java', means Canonical no longer have permission to distribute the package. The change will affect Ubuntu 10.04 LTs, Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 users only.
Oracle, the "owners" of OpenOffice, have announced the discontinuation of commercial development on the popular office suite. OpenOffice will be continued as a community project. The question is: does anyone still care?
The OpenOffice development community have today announced the launch of a new foundation - The Document Foundation - that will oversee, guide and develop a new fork of OpenOffice named 'LibreOffice'.