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NewsPoster Aug 14, 2012 02:11 PM
Java SE 7 Update 6 brings SE7 to OS X
Oracle has released a collection of new Java updates for OS X. The most important of these is <A href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre7-downloads-1637588.html">Java SE 7 Update 6</a>, which brings SE 7 to OS X for the first time. Matching an updated Java Runtime Environment is a new Java Development Kit, plus the JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder.<br><br>Oracle is now primarily responsible for maintaining Java on Macs. Until late 2010 Apple would normally spin off its own Java releases, but the result was that Java for OS X was often behind counterparts for Windows and Linux, creating unnecessary speed and security issues. At one point the recent Flashback series of Trojans <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/264966==http://www.macnn.com/articles/12/04/18/now.under.100000.units.falling.fast/" rel='nofollow'>exploited Apple's slow pace in fixing Java vulnerabilities</a>. For those who need it, Apple is still maintaining the Mac edition of Java SE 6.
 
Chongo Aug 14, 2012 05:01 PM
Can we ditch the Java preferences app in the utilities folder? With the Java SE 7 Update 6 installed, Java has a button in the control panel.

BTW, if you go to www.java.com it still tells you to that Apple maintains Mac Java and to use software update.
 
Chongo Aug 14, 2012 09:51 PM
Chrome is not compatible with the new Java. Safari and Firefox are.
 
Mr645 Aug 15, 2012 04:44 AM
hmm, I get an error trying to install "Error Reading Package" Java Script Error"
 
Chongo Aug 19, 2012 05:29 PM
What model Mac are you trying to install Java on? I noticed that the new Java is 64 bit only. That's why Chrome won't run it, Chrome is not a 64 bit app, Safari and Firefox are.
 
shifuimam Aug 19, 2012 07:13 PM
Is Oracle releasing Java for OS X directly now? It used to always be through Apple's software update service.

Of course, all I care about is Java 6 for PPC, which I doubt I'll ever find. :(
 
P Aug 20, 2012 12:43 AM
Yes, Apple has decided to turn over support of Java to Oracle, the same way it works on Windows. Basically, Apple doesn't want to keep releasing security updates for old versions of Java, and the previous argument for doing it themselves (integration with OS X interface) is deemed less important.
 
Waragainstsleep Aug 20, 2012 06:02 AM
I thought it was more a case of Apple has given up releasing Java updates and Oracle has decided to take up the slack.
 
Chongo Aug 20, 2012 07:55 AM
Am I correct in concluding the Oracle release is 64bit only and won't run on 32bit systems, Intel or PPC?
 
P Aug 20, 2012 08:30 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep (Post 4184923)
I thought it was more a case of Apple has given up releasing Java updates and Oracle has decided to take up the slack.
Well, they initiated the switchover, and I'm sure Oracle would have been happier to let Apple handle it, but officially it was a mutual agreement.
 
Mr645 Aug 21, 2012 09:33 AM
I am trying on a PowerMac G5, 2x 2.5 running 10.5.8

I am pretty sure that's a 64 bit machine
 
Chongo Aug 21, 2012 09:57 AM
I believe Java SE 7 update 6 is for Intel based Macs only
 
shifuimam Aug 21, 2012 07:04 PM
There WAS going to be a release of Java 6 for PowerPC. Apple pulled the plug on it at the last minute.

The OpenJRE project doesn't seem to be very active, either. I know I'm one of an ever-shrinking population of people who still use PowerPC Macs, but it still sure would be nice to get Java 6 on all my old Macs...
 
P Aug 22, 2012 02:14 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Chongo (Post 4184945)
Am I correct in concluding the Oracle release is 64bit only and won't run on 32bit systems, Intel or PPC?
The Oracle release is 64-bit Intel only. While the PPC G5 is indeed a 64-bit CPU, it is not supported by this Java release.

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There WAS going to be a release of Java 6 for PowerPC. Apple pulled the plug on it at the last minute.
They do that. There was going to be 64-bit Carbon as well, and that one they really pulled the plug at WWDC and were in listening mode. An uproar would have made them back down, but no uproar came.
 
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