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Debian GNU/Linux Java FAQ.
Chapter 1 - Introduction

1.1 Introduction to this FAQ

This FAQ was started by Javier Fernández-Sanguino who on February 1st, 2000 was (bold?) enough to send a message to the debian-java mailing list with the subject "How about a Debian-Java-FAQ?". Of course, since "every idea is a responsibility" he had to do this himself looking through the three month-long archive of the newborn mailing list.

The purpose of this FAQ is to be a place to look for all kinds of questions a developer or user might have regarding Java as far as Debian is concerned. It includes license issues, development packages available, and programs related to building a Free Software Java environment.

Thanks go to all the (many) contributors from the debian-java mailing list, who have made this document possible. Without their knowledge this FAQ would not be at all possible since I only have a vague knowledge of what they're talking about when I browse the list.

Special thanks go to Paul Reavis, whose previous Debian-JDK informational page I used to add more information, and who made useful suggestions to this document. Also to Peter Moulder who revised thoroughly the FAQ and provided many suggestions, to Juergen Kreileder, maintainer of Blackdown's debian packages who pointed out some mistakes, and to Egon Willighagen, who has provided quite a lot of proper patches to update its content.

This document does not address issues with other Linux distributions, or with non-Debian-specific problems. See the Blackdown pages for information on these. More specifically you might want to check out the java-linux@java.blackdown.org FAQ written by Stephen M Wynne (last updated january 2000 as of this writing). Another useful source of general information might be the Java on Linux FAQ maintained by Nathan Meyers.

1.2 Location of this FAQ

This FAQ is published under the Debian Documentation Project at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-java-faq/. The java-common (available at http://packages.debian.org/java-common) provides an HTML version for offline reading. The package version does not provide Text and PDF versions currently (if you want them please submit a bug 'wishlist' to the package). Also, the web version might be more up-to-date than the package's offline version.

1.3 Sending bugs on this FAQ

Please note that this FAQ is slightly out of date and is seeking an active maintainer. If you are willing to maintain it and are knowledgeable about Java in Debian, please contact the current maintainer. In any case, fixes to information that is not up to date are welcome (patches against the latest CVS sources are even better).

In any case, if you want to send bugs on this FAQ please send them to the current maintainer. However, make sure you are reading the latest (english) version available at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-java-faq/index.en.html Note that translations, if available, might also be slightly out of date from the original, english, version. Check out the english version first if you are reading a translation before sending a bug.

1.4 Complementary information

Users might want to access some online sources to complement the information available in this FAQ which might be, sometimes, too out of date. The main source of information is the Java entry at the Debian's wiki.

Since Ubuntu is based on Debian, some users might find it helpful to check the tips on Installing Java on Ubuntu's wiki.

1.5 Uncovered issues

This FAQ does not describe some issues due to lack of time and/or information. If you are able to help in any of these, please, provide them to the documentation maintainer:

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Debian GNU/Linux Java FAQ.

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