Eclipse on Ubuntu

I’ve been running Weblogic on Ubuntu and had no problems. But somehow Eclipse was really slow. After a few minutes of Googling, I found that the root cause is the JRE shipped with Ubuntu. Its not the Sun’s JRE, but GNU’s. Its much slower than the Sun’s. Installing a Sun’s JRE and running Eclipse on it, made it faster. I’ve already blogged here about how the licensing terms of Sun blocks the vendors to ship the JRE. Now that Sun has open sourced Java under LGPL, probably the future versions of Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro) should ship with this better and faster JRE

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