Oracle introduces new levels of sucking to new versions of old software

The latest version of Sun Studio, which is a terrible name for something which is a compiler and not an IDE, which has now been re-titled Solaris Studio in an attempt to underscore even more its general uselessness, has added a new antifeature to its installer.

It requires X.

You know one of the things that makes MySQL better than Oracle? You can install it in 5 minutes and you don't have to launch a Java GUI.

You know when it makes sense to launch a Java GUI to install server software?




  1. [1]   wlad
    February 21, 2011 at 07:15 PM

    He, this is not untypical for Oracle . I recall installing their "big" database couple of years ago. First, to install the DBMS, you install the Oracle installer which is Java, thus need JRE first, and JRE which had to be in a specific version 1.4.something, which was already ancient back in 2007...
  2. [2]   Stewart Smith
    February 21, 2011 at 07:17 PM

    OMG. fail. fail fail. ARRGH
  3. [3]   Twirrim
    February 22, 2011 at 01:33 AM

    Their insistence on X is really beginning to annoy me. Do they even realise that most servers DON'T have a GUI on them? That we don't need OR want a GUI?
  4. [4]   Onno Molenkamp
    February 22, 2011 at 01:36 AM

    Sun Studio is in fact an IDE (based on NetBeans), the compilers are just part of it.
  5. [5]   Jay Pipes
    February 22, 2011 at 08:44 AM

    @Onno: Is there a separate package installable for just the compilers? If not, it's total fail.
  6. [6]   Peter Laursen
    February 22, 2011 at 08:51 AM

    I doubt we have seen the last! I noticed in some discussion at bugs.mysql that Oracle is planning a 'unified installer' for MySQL 5.6.
  7. [7]   Darryl Gove
    February 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Hi, To install without using the GUI you need to add the flag --non-interactive to the installer commandline. Installation is documented here: This is broadly the same as the install for the previous version (there's a difference in the name of the command line flag): Studio contains an IDE based on the project. Here's a quick overview of some of the features of the latest version: Here's the quick start guide: Regards, Darryl.
  8. [8]   Darryl Gove
    February 22, 2011 at 01:50 PM

    Hi, My post of a couple of hours ago seems not to have got through moderation. So I'm posting a summary without links to supporting docs. - As Onno Molenkamp says, studio contains an IDE. - To avoid the GUI installer add --non-interactive to the commandline. Regards, Darryl.