Oracle Responds: Java 7 Implementation on OS X

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Java Oracle has announced that they wil be taking over the maintenance of Java SE on OS X starting with version 7. However, there are still some practical details to address, and so TMO asked Oracle about a few of them.

On April 26, Oracle announced that 1) Developers can now download the JDK for OS X from Oracle’s technology Network and 2) it plans to release a consumer version of Java Standard Edition (SE) version 7 including the Java Runtime environment on OS X later in 2012. But there are still a few unanswered questions.

Yesterday, TMO posed them to Oracle’s public relations representative.

  1. Will that (Java 7 JRE installer) be in the form of a one-click installer package?
  2. Without Apple’s Software Update mechanism, how will the future customers of Java 7 be notified of security and maintenance updates?
  3. Will the updates be automatic, built-in, like Firefox?
  4. As that happens, who will publish security updates for Java 6? Oracle or Apple?

Oracle’s representative offered to pass along these questions, and said, “we will see what we can do. Many thanks.”

Today, we received the no-response response: “The announcement from April 26 was just about the Java Development Kit (JDK). The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will be available later this year and Oracle will release details for consumers once it’s available.” And then we were referred back to this early announcement by Apple.

So the news is that there’s no news that Oracle is ready to disclose about some of the practical matters of Java 7 on OS X. TMO will keep asking as we go forward.

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Comments

jbruni

If you need the Java 7 JRE right now, you can install it when you install the JDK since JRE is a subset.

Download from here.

Java 7 only works on OS X 10.7 and later because it is 64-bit only. Last November there was a version that would work on 32-bit 10.6.8, but development effort for 32-bit was halted around then.

On Windows, Java has its own update mechanism via its control panel. I don’t imagine future versions of Java for OS X will be available through Apple’s software update any more than Java is available through Windows Update (it’s not).

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I would have asked if they would make sure that Eclipse works with the new Java so that developers can continue building great Android apps. But seriously… That probably accounts for 80+% of Java usage on the Mac.

Nom

Java 7 only works on OS X 10.7 and later because it is 64-bit only. Last November there was a version that would work on 32-bit 10.6.8, but development effort for 32-bit was halted around then.

I’m not sure I understand this.  It is my understanding that 10.6 can run 32 or 64 bit apps, and can be set to run either a 32 or 64 bit kernel.  10.7 can also run apps in either format, but always uses a 64 bit kernel.  What am I missing?

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