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Java 6 EOL'd By Oracle 115

Tmack writes "Not completely unexpected, Java6 has reached EOL. This tidbit shows up in Oracle's Java6 FAQ page, recommending everyone update to Java7: 'Oracle no longer posts updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. All Java 6 releases up to and including 6u45 have been moved to the Java Archive on the Oracle Technology Network, where they will remain available but not receive further updates. Oracle recommends that users migrate to Java 7 in order to continue receiving public updates and security enhancements.' Apple just pushed its update 16 which is Java6u51, likely to be one of their last Java6 updates."
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Java 6 EOL'd By Oracle

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  • Grrr (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Farmer Pete ( 1350093 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @04:29PM (#44064519)
    I know why they don't, but I wish they would auto update everyone on 6 to 7. Bugger.
  • Re:Hating Oracle (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, 2013 @04:42PM (#44064651)

    Oracle still support Java 6 - if you pay through the nose. They just no longer provide free of charge updates to the non-paying public.

    Java is available free of charge. Java 6 is from 2006. Why should any for profit company provide endless free of charge updates for free of charge software?

    Does the Mozilla Foundation still ship free of charge updates for Firefox 2.0?
    Does Apple still provide free of charge updates for Mac OS X 10.5 (and that actually wasn't free of charge)
    Does Adobe still provide free of charge updates for Flashplayer 9 (say, fix the 40,000 security bugs they claim to have found in it)

  • by medv4380 ( 1604309 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @04:48PM (#44064689)
    Do you have any Idea how old Java 6 is? It's not a question of keeping two version active at once. It's about it's age more than anything. Java 6 was released in 2006. It's not like their EOLing it after 2 year. Support has to end some time, and 7 years is longer than I would have kept it.
  • EOL Oracle (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, 2013 @05:00PM (#44064777)

    I wish Oracle were end of lifed.

  • by Tailhook ( 98486 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @05:03PM (#44064799)

    but when you have to issue 10 updates in 6 months, that's pretty bad.


    I can't remember ever having my Ubuntu LTS servers go a week without security patches appearing, usually the same few bits of software; the kernel, glibc, apache, mysql, etc. Java SE models an entire machine, provides a vast application API and a powerful optimizing compiler on multiple platforms. It's a mighty piece of software and flaws abound. The real problem with Oracle and Java has been the lack of updates. By rights Java 7 SE should be on about update 110 by now. One a week.

  • by _xeno_ ( 155264 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @05:04PM (#44064805) Homepage Journal

    Do you have any Idea how old Java 6 is?

    Do you have any idea how new Java 7 is? It's just about two years old, but that makes it sound older than in reality, because for the first year it was out Sunacle were very clear that it was still "beta quality" and that developers should stick with Java 6. It wasn't until about a year ago that Java 7 really "rolled out" as the replacement for Java 6.

    I can't remember when IT first allowed Java 7 onto our desktops, but I think it was less than a year ago. Even then, it's still not the "official" version of Java because there's some IT-related software that can't run on Java 7. Not to mention that some of the software I work with also can't run on Java 7 due to JNI incompatibilities. (Man I wish we could ditch that, but I didn't write the component that uses that component, so...)

    In any case, no matter how old it is, Java 7 still isn't quite ready to replace Java 6. Especially under Mac OS X, thanks to the transition between Apple and Oracle supporting Java. Although I don't know who's really to blame for that one, Apple or Oracle, but they can both take the blame as far as I care.

    The point is that I still use Java 6 on a day-to-day basis, and it's not from lack of trying to move to Java 7.

  • Not a big deal... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BenSchuarmer ( 922752 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @05:21PM (#44064951)
    what bugs me is that they keep trying to get me to install the Ask toolbar every time I update Java 7.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, 2013 @05:34PM (#44065063)

    By "a *lot* of applications" you mean things like SAP or other Enterprise traps ?

    It takes a bit of work to write Java applications that are version-dependent, it's hardly ever an 'accident'.

  • by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @08:25PM (#44066221)

    I have Java installed and have never paid Oracle a penny.

    And every time Larry thinks about cutting people like you off from any support or updates whatsoever, he gets a warm feeling where his heart would be if he had one.

Today is the first day of the rest of your lossage.