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I don't understand why OpenJDK is not preinstalled. A bunch of applications depend on it and it only takes up 0,7MB.

Of course there is the unneeded "OpenJDK Policy Tool" icon but Canonical could easily remove that.

Why has Canonical chosen to not preinstall OpenJDK?

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    Because it is no necessory – Tachyons Jun 21 '13 at 15:42
  • Why is <insert program name> not preinstalled? Oh, you can ask this question for about anything, really. – gertvdijk Jun 25 '13 at 22:00
  • On meta: meta.askubuntu.com/q/6915/134848 – Jop V. Jul 4 '13 at 15:48
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The openjdk-7-jre package is 0.7MB but it has dependencies that would also need to be included. The major one being openjdk-7-jre-headless which is 49.5MB. There are more.

When you're trying to cram as much as you can into a space as small as you can make it, the JRE that nothing on the CD depends on is an expensive gesture.

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