Installing Java 2 SDK on Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu

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Install Java SDK and JRE in Ubuntu ?

Want to install Java 2 SDK (j2sdk) in your Debian or Ubuntu? Well, I’ve created a home-made package for Java 2 SDK 1.4.2.

First download the deb from either of this mirror:

  2. Mirror #1

and after that, just do :
$ sudo dpkg -i sun-j2sdk1.4_1.4.2_09_i386.deb

and Sun Java 2 SDK 1.4.2 should be installed in your system by now. You can refer to if you want to build other Sun Java deb package (like Java 1.5.0)

That’s all for today folks, happy programming in Java!

I’ve received Ubuntu CDs!

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Hello there, yesterday I received 10 set of Ubuntu 5.04 “Hoary Hedgehog” CDs from my friend. He gave me the CDs to be distributed for other people who wants to use GNU/Linux.

Ubuntu is a nice distro for people who want to start using GNU/Linux. It Ubuntu is newbie-friendly and has a nice selection of applications to start over with. Ubuntu uses apt-get package management system which enables user to receive package updates and upgrades.

The Ubuntu pressed CD cover is nice each sets contains 2 CDs, the typical installation CD and the LiveCD. The installation CD can be use to install GNU/Linux inside your pc, the installation process is fairly easy and simple to follow. The LiveCD is for people who wants to test out Ubuntu without installing them, you can boot the GNOME desktop, and can start using GNU/Linux immediately.

I’m planning to give away the CDs to my friends and to my sister, as well as to anybody who really wants to use and learn GNU/Linux. They might be a couple of leftovers CD, so if you want the CD, I can send it to you also, just email me for details.

I’m Officially a Debian GNU/Linux user now!

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I’m announcing now that Debian has become my official GNU/Linux distro. Previously I’ve use Mandrake (my first distro) as my official GNU/Linux distro, then Slackware, and finally SuSE. Fedora Core 4 actually was on my candidate list as my next official distro because it’s spiffy package management system, but in the end i chose Debian over Fedora.

Debian is more flexible than Fedora because I can download only one CD out of 12 CDs to perform complete installations. Well, people might argue that Fedora can do the same, but the way Fedora did it wasn’t obvious. And you apparently have to end up downloading the entire 4 CDs, which turn out not enough to fully enjoy the distro (Fedora people assumes that most people code in Java, and put a lot of java things inside the CD)

Well, Debian is a nice distro for me, it isnt too bloated, easy to configure, and it has a good package management system. I like Debian.

p/s: I’ve installed countless of other distros before this, but the “official” status is only given for distro that i use for my production purposes and usually meant to last more than 9 months on my pc.

Debian Developers criticised Firefox Policy

Mozilla Firefox browser which is developed by Mozilla Foundation faced criticism by Debian Developers because of its official trademark policy is seen by them as excessively prohibitive.
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This have still being debated in the Debian Community.

Most of the concerns came around whether Mozilla’s trademark policy allows them to modify the software for updates and security patches, and still distribute it using its original name. There are a lot of other projects too that recompile Mozilla Foundation source code and make additional changes and still release the resulting binary with Mozilla’s trademark.

Although Mozilla Foundation however, have given Debian explicit permission to use the Firefox logo and brand name, the issue still rise because it contradict with the clause of the social contract which stipulates software licenses must not be specific to Debian.

Mozilla previously have several problems with trademark issues regarding it’s Firefox browser which was change from Phoenix to Firebird and finally to Firefox.

If you’re a purist, choose UTUTO GNU/Linux !

Which GNU/Linux distribution that gives you absolute 100% free software? Is it Slackware? No. Is it Debian? No. Is it Red Hat’s Fedora Core? Ok you got to be kidding, no! It’s Ututo-e!

The strange sounding name hit me off-guard for a moment. For all these years, i’ve been believing that only Debian offers 100% Free Software in its GNU/Linux distributions. But after doing some reading and research, i found out that although Debian keeps all the non-free software clearly separated, they do distribute it. Thats why Richard M. Stallman now advocates users to use Ututo GNU/Linux, the only distribution which comprise 100% of Free Software. He also dubs Ututo as “the only free distribution”.

Upon entering the Ututo website, you will notice that a lot of the website are in fact in Spanish! This is because Ututo is an Argentinian base and is community developed GNU/Linux distribution, much of it like slackware’s. Ututo primary language is in Spanish while its also offers (rather incomplete) english version of the website at

The Ututo GNU/Linux seemingly favours the i386 (Intel-based) PC platform. The Download link on the website offers Ututor builds optimized for specified IBM-PC based CPU such as 486, Pentium, 686, Athlon MP, Athlon XP, Semphron, Pentium 3 and Pentium 4. This reminds me of the Gentoo GNU/Linux distribution which also offers their GNU/Linux build optimized for the specific (PC) CPU platform.

The upside of Ututo distributions is, you will have a completely free GNU/Linux operating system comprises of 100% Free Software. You also will have a chance to appreciates every Free Software included in the distributions and its usefulness.

The downside is, being a relatively new distribution the Ututo GNU/Linux offers little support for a newbie users. And most of its help & support forums is in Spanish! Besides the Free Software Foundation endorsement and promotion, I find the Ututo is kinda lacking in the advertisement department.

Lastly, whatever my personal opinion is, the Ututo is regarded as “the only free distribution” by RMS himself and the Free Software Foundation is seemingly endorse it by mirroring Ututo ISO in their servers. Enough said.

I prefer to pronounce it GNU-slash-Linux, or GNU-plus-Linux. The reason is that when you say GNU-Linux it is very much prone to suggest a misleading interpretation. After all, we have GNU Emacs which is the version of Emacs which was developed for GNU. If you say “GNU Linux”, people will think it means a version of Linux that was developed for GNU. Which is not the fact.
– Richard M. Stallman

References :
1. Richard M. Stallman interviews
2. Ututo-e website
3. The Free Software Foundation