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I'm running OpenSUSE 12.1 and want to use Java Runtime enviroment v. 1.6. They ask for an ssh-key.
Which package should I take: the proprietary or the open source one?

How would you install it? Via the terminal or via Yast?

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Which to use has been debated before - basically, it comes down to the fact that OpenJDK, though backed by Oracle, is a more heavily developed open source project while Oracle's JDK is more stable but is not open source, which prevents its inclusion in a lot of purist distributions like Debian.

To get to the OpenJDK (which actually includes its own JRE), try this:

su -c "yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk"

Oracle's Java is a little harder to get to; this site documents the process fairly well. Because Oracle's Java is not in the repository, however, you don't get automatic updating.

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hi there many thanks for the information. Great help. i try to follow all the advices and come back again and report all the findings. greetings – zero May 1 '12 at 8:50

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