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Learning Java on Linux: SUN vs. Blackdown?  RSS feed

 
Charlie Lesh
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Hey all:
Just picked up "Head First Java", and I'm trying to learn a little.
I'm running linux, and I ran across a couple different flavors of Java, but it isn't clear to me what the real difference is.
I have installed the latest Java SDK from Sun without difficulty, and everything is working. I can compile, I have the plugin working in Mozilla, and everything seems great.
I ran across "Blackdown", and it seems to say a lot about how it is for linux, but then again the Sun version works great under linux.
My question: What is the difference between the Java I have installed, and the Blackdown version? Is there any benefit to one or the other? Should I even care at this point it my learning (total beginner).
Thanks in advance,
Charlie
 
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Hi Charlie,
Welcome to JavaRanch!
AFAIK, the Blackdown folks did the first port of Sun's JVM code to Linux; Sun later adopted Blackdown's port and now supports Linux directly. Blackdown now takes each new version of Sun's Linux JDK and ports it to a few other Linux platforms (AMD64, sparc, maybe Yellow Dog) and makes their own fixes and enhancements.
On x86 Linux, most people use Sun's JDK. Certainly at this point, you shouldn't care. Sun's is more "official" and less likely to cause confusion if you try to follow some third-party instructions, so I'd stick with that.
 
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Welcome to JavaRanch, Charlie!
I'm moving this thread to the Linux forum...
 
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