Asked by Joel Carlson on 2016-04-21

Will either Ubuntu 16.04 or Xubuntu 16.04 have openjdk-7-jre in the repositories like it is in 15.10 by the time 16.04.1 is released? I develop reports for a system that only uses jdk-7 and all other releases go back to jdk6 so I don't know why jdk6 and jdk7 were removed when they are still essential to developers.

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

see Bug #1563986
I do not think that there is the plan to re-introduce it unless there is a very strong need.

You have to be aware that Xenial will be supported for five years.

Maybe it is possible to just install the openjdk-7 packages for wily on a xenial system?
Maybe there are some PPAs with that version? Or you can create your own PPA?

Joel Carlson (jtackllc) said : #2

I'm not a big fan of PPA's since I don't know what they are doing and don't have the time to read the code behind it all. I was able to install java 1.7.0_80 so that is a work around for now. I added a comment about the need to reintroduce openjdk-7-jre on Bug#1563986, thanks for that link.