Sun is working closely with Canonical, parent company of Ubuntu, to get Sun’s Java platforms (and other technologies) into Ubuntu’s multiverse repository. Open sourcing of Java continues to be a roadblock to getting Java into the main repository, but Sun is moving quickly to do that.
Included are packages for Netbeans, Glassfish, Java SE, and Java DB 10.2. These will be for Feisty Fawn only, not backported to Dapper Drake or Edgy Eft.
Sun hopes this spur new Java development in the Linux universe, and that other distros — including Debian — will fall on board. Why shouldn’t it? Ian Murdoch just went to work for Sun.