Java SE Development Kit
Java SE (Standard Edition) SDK (Software Development Kit) is a freely distributed, yet closed-source computer technology that has been designed from the ground up to provide a modern and featureful development environment for developers who want to program application in the Java programming language.
What is Java?
Initially developed by Sun Microsystems for interactive television, the Java technology was has been later acquired by the Oracle Corporation and transform it into one of the most powerful programming languages, supported on a wide range of computer platforms.
The JDK (Java Development Kit) edition of Java SE also contains the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) platform, which means that you won’t have to download and install them separately when attempting to develop applications in Java.
Supported operating systems
The project is also known as Java SE Development Kit and it is available for download as pre-built binary packages for a wide range of GNU/Linux operating system, being fully compatible with both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (x86) instruction set architectures.
On the official website of the project, you will find native installers for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, OpenMandriva, Mageia, Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and many other distributions of Linux based on the aforementioned OSes, in the RPM and DEB file formats.
Being designed from the ground up as a platform-independent web and desktop technology, the Java SE Development Kit software is also compatible with several other open source and commercial operating systems, such as BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
The Java Runtime Environment Environment
While the Java SE Development Kit technology has been designed to helps Java developers create modern and cross-platform applications or feature-rich content for websites, the Java SE Runtime Environment platform is mainly used on computers for enjoying Java programs and rich web content.