Sun Java 5 on Ubuntu Karmic

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Since the <a href=”http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5/>End of Life of Sun’s Java 5</a> is reached and even the End of Service Life (EOSL) at 8th of October 2009 already passed the Ubuntu developers removed Sun’s Java 5 from Karmic (Bug 418577).

Unfortunately I still need Java 5 and it would be quite some effort to port the projects to Sun’s Java 6, especially the QA and customer roll-out would be terribly intricate. Somebody on ubuntuforums.org posted the idea to port the Jaunty release.

That’s what I did now. Downloaded the Jaunty source packages and build new ones on my Karmic box.

This works perfectly fine for me and I’ll try to put the files in a repository soon in case anybody else is in the same position.