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Jim Toy

Joined: Oct 17, 2002
Posts: 14
I am a Linux newbie who recently installed SuSE 8.2. I noticed that Blackdown Java was part of the default installation.
Intrigued I went to the project site, but I am confused as to the goals of the project or even a "why" to the project.
If Sun offers a Linux distro, then what is the purpose of Blackdown? Is it optomized for Linux? The site did not get into why I would choose Blackdown over the Sun distro.
I would appreciate the thoughts and comments of this community.
[ September 24, 2003: Message edited by: Jim Toy ]
Lasse Koskela

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 11962
I've been wondering this as well. Blackdown is "community source", not open source like Kaffe, for example, so I can't really figure out why would someone prefer Blackdown over Sun/IBM/BEA JVMs (unless it performs better, which I in most cases doubt).

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Ingo Schildmann

Joined: Sep 20, 2000
Posts: 7
I guess SuSe isn't allowed to deliver SUN's Java for Linux and therefore
delivers the Blackdown Java.
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