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jay vas
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Hi guys : Howcome Sun java isn't no Fedora 7 ? I thought sun was now open source?
 
Jesper de Jong
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If you want to know how to install Sun Java on Fedora 7 then have a look at this: Howto: Sun Java on Fedora 7

Sun's Java is indeed open source now, however not 100% of the JDK is completely open. There are still some parts (about 4% of the code) that Sun cannot make open source because they are using third-party code that they can't release because of legal reasons. Probably in the coming months people in the open source community will write open source replacements for that part of the code so that Sun's Java will be 100% open source.
 
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Red Hat/Fedora is extremely conservative about the stuff they put in their releases. If it isn't 100% unencumbered, they leave it out.

This has caused many a complaint about MP3 playing in Fedora. Although supposedly the Fraunhofer Institute (which holds patents on MP3 tech) has publicly stated that it's OK to use their IP on Linux systems, Red Hat has preferred to let users take the risk themselves.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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