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  • #11
    The latest version of Icedtea-web only works on JDK8 and 9. Trying to build icedtea-web against OpenJDK 10 only returns an error at ./configure.

    Dropping JDK9 is asking to be slaughtered if the user does not have a spare build of JDK8 present on their installation.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
      The latest version of Icedtea-web only works on JDK8 and 9. Trying to build icedtea-web against OpenJDK 10 only returns an error at ./configure.

      Dropping JDK9 is asking to be slaughtered if the user does not have a spare build of JDK8 present on their installation.
      Wait what web? Java web browser plugin is officially dead if you mean that https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/jdk9_plugin.xml

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      • #13
        Originally posted by nanonyme View Post

        Wait what web? Java web browser plugin is officially dead if you mean that https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/jdk9_plugin.xml
        Who cares about that antiquated browser plugin?

        The appliances I'm assigned to support and manage use Java Web Start for their management interface. IcedTea-web's javaws binary executable is the only thing that can be used to launch those JNLPs on a Linux box.

        I'm not using the assigned Windows notebook at work because it has a bad Windows image and IT isn't allowing me to load a clean Windows installation over it, so I've taken advantage of the company's BYOD policy to use my own notebook instead.

        Sure I could use Oracle's official Java binaries, but i'll prefer to use my own builds of OpenJDK and IcedTea-web as much as possible.

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        • #14
          It seems the arch repository doesn't contain javafx 10 either? So how can they drop the old?

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          • #15
            I think jdk8 is still present in the repos. Pycharm didn't work with jdk9 so I stopped using it.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by Sonadow View Post

              Who cares about that antiquated browser plugin?

              The appliances I'm assigned to support and manage use Java Web Start for their management interface. IcedTea-web's javaws binary executable is the only thing that can be used to launch those JNLPs on a Linux box.

              I'm not using the assigned Windows notebook at work because it has a bad Windows image and IT isn't allowing me to load a clean Windows installation over it, so I've taken advantage of the company's BYOD policy to use my own notebook instead.

              Sure I could use Oracle's official Java binaries, but i'll prefer to use my own builds of OpenJDK and IcedTea-web as much as possible.
              But if you need your laptop for work, you probably won't use Arch so this is a non-issue, really.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by Vistaus View Post

                But if you need your laptop for work, you probably won't use Arch so this is a non-issue, really.
                Why wouldn't you? I'm using Archlinux at work. It has advantage of α) having a simple system to download, unpack, build something, and then assemble a package from it (i.e. a PKGBUILD), and β) it has lots of ready PKGBUILDs for different projects in AUR.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by Hi-Angel View Post
                  Why wouldn't you? I'm using Archlinux at work.
                  Because for a work laptop you need absolute stability?

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Vistaus View Post

                    Because for a work laptop you need absolute stability?
                    It really depends. I think AUR and PKBUILD-format have saved me much more time than I have spent or probably will spend dealing with a possible regression or even something caused by one of those prohibited "partial upgrades" (though that said, I have a good mental grasp on what can go wrong, and how to go about solving something).

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