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Which Linux distro is Java friendly?

 
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I'm considering changing Linux distros. I'm using Slackware, but want something a bit simpler so I'm programming and not putzing around with the OS so much.
Is there a Linux distro which is more Java friendly? I had to really do a lot to get Java to work in Slack, and my browser plug-in never did actually work.
I also want the distro to have all the Java goodies available on disk (Tomcat, Struts, etc) so I can learn about those, if possible.
I really could care less about licensing issues-- I'm guessing that a pure open source license distro like Debian is not going to have the Sun JDK on it.
While I'm dreaming, I'd like it to be a bit easier to configure than Slack-- I loved slack, but all the configuration is done through configuration files, and I just don't want to waste valuable programming time messing with my distro.
I'd like it to be as integrated as I've heard it is in Mac OSX (but I can't afford a Mac right now ).
Thanks in advance.
 
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Sorry, can only give you a (somewhat) negative. But I guess if you get enough negatives, you may be able to reduce the list of which ones to checkout.
Just installed RedHat 9. Comes with a JDK, but not Sun's. From memory it was the GCJ kit. Couldn't get RMI working with it, and I noticed a few other people also had problems with RMI with GCJ.
Installed Sun's JDK as an RPM (provided by them) and worked perfectly.
Still have to go out yourself and get the other parts you want though
Regards, Andrew
 
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Originally posted by Andrew Monkhouse:
Just installed RedHat 9. Comes with a JDK, but not Sun's. From memory it was the GCJ kit. Couldn't get RMI working with it, and I noticed a few other people also had problems with RMI with GCJ.
Installed Sun's JDK as an RPM (provided by them) and worked perfectly.
Still have to go out yourself and get the other parts you want though
Regards, Andrew


I've done some research and found out that the SUSE distro *does* ship with the Sun SDK. I think I'll go with that. Thanks for your response, though, I guess that the other option would be to go with RedHat and just download the SDK.
 
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http://www.jpackage.org is a g00d resource for ppl working with Java on linux..
 
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Originally posted by <dude>:
http://www.jpackage.org is a g00d resource for ppl working with Java on linux..


THanks for the tip, d00d . I'm installing Suse 8.2 as we speak-- looks pretty good.
 
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Originally posted by Tim Allen:

THanks for the tip, d00d . I'm installing Suse 8.2 as we speak-- looks pretty good.


I have tried Mandrake 8.x and 9.x and ELXLinux. ELX looked really good (easy to migrate from Windows to Linux). I never tried Susee or Redhat. Could you please tell me which is better? Redhat or Suse?
 
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Originally posted by <Sankar Subbiah>:

I have tried Mandrake 8.x and 9.x and ELXLinux. ELX looked really good (easy to migrate from Windows to Linux). I never tried Susee or Redhat. Could you please tell me which is better? Redhat or Suse?


I'm installing Suse now-- I've never used it, but I've heard really good things. I have used both RedHat and Mandrake. I found Mandrake to be a lot easier to configure and use.
All of them are easy to install. Mandrake was *really* easy to install, easier than Windows even. All three detected all my hardware correctly (which was a pain in Slack, because it did not detect anything at all).
One thing-- Suse comes with the Sun JDK bundled. With Redhat and Mandrake you have to download them and install them (a minor thing, but I like having it all there if I'm paying for it).
 
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Dude: http://www.jpackage.org is a g00d resource for ppl working with Java on linux..


Excellent. Thanks

Sankar Subbiah Could you please tell me which is better? Redhat or Suse?


A similar question was asked the other day in the JavaRanch Linux and Unix in this thread. There are some links in that thread to sites that will help you compare distributions.
Regards, Andrew
 
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Thanks for the information Tim. I will give Suse a try this weekend.
 
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Originally posted by Sankar Subbiah:
Thanks for the information Tim. I will give Suse a try this weekend.


I've been using Suse since I got it installed last night. I'm pretty happy. I took the standard installation but added a lot of packages (particularly Sun's JDK and IBM's Jikes). The installation went smoothly-- as soon as I got in, I was able to run javac and jikes (something I've never done with an out-of-the-box Linux distro).
I had some problems with the XFree86 configuration, and I haven't gotten it to configure a printer connected to a Windows machine in our network through Samba (something that worked easily in Mandrake). That's all the trouble I've had, so far. For instance, it picked up all my soundcard setting correctly, something which Mandrake *didn't* do.
Linux still has just a little farther to go to be ready for the average user, I think.
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