No Java 6 on Mac OS X Leopard

This picture says it all!

no jdk6


If you're thinking about upgrading to Leopard and you do Java development on your Mac (at least try to), don't bother.  I searched for hours trying to find Java 6 on Leopard and it just isn't there.  I did install some documentation pack but I can't even find it after I installed.  Honestly, I only bought the Leopard upgrade for Java 6.  There's really nothing else that is noticably worth it so far.  My fan control stopped working.  I have about a 1 year old Macbook Pro "17 with the core duo.  So now I have a hot Mac again. :(  Things actually seem more sluggish than before.  I already had to restart Finder which I NEVER had to do on Tiger.  All in all, as a Java developer, I might have to move off the Mac OS X platform.  This hardware is just too expensive to boot into some inferior OS like Windows.
Comments:

It could be that spotlight is still indexing after the install.

Posted by karl on October 27, 2007 at 02:43 AM MDT #

My Parallels no longer works either. :( I even have the version recommended by Parallels. I'm beginning to feel like an early adopter.

-David

Posted by David on October 27, 2007 at 03:04 PM MDT #

I just tried Fan Control 1.2 and it works. :)
-David

Posted by David on October 27, 2007 at 03:54 PM MDT #

I hope there is soon an JDK1.6 for OS X.
Is it possible to port Open JDK to Mac ?

Posted by bodo on October 28, 2007 at 10:51 PM MDT #

I just discovered this too - very frustrating. I have Leopard running at home, and was about to upgrade my work iMac but will now wait. I found a CIO article on this here: http://www.cio.com/article/149200/Leopard_and_Java_What_s_Up_with_That_/1

Posted by Scott Fraser on October 29, 2007 at 01:40 AM MDT #

Great article Scott! Thanks for the pointer.

-David

Posted by David on October 29, 2007 at 01:48 AM MDT #

The creation of the Spotlight index after the installation takes quite a while. Once it's done, Leopard actually runs much faster than Tiger, even on old G4 Macs.

Parallels still runs on my Intel Mac, it has a few issus, though - no Windows drives in the Mac Finder, for example.

iCalamus is the only app that I have that really is not Leopard compatible, but the developers promised an update.

Java 6: Well, Apple NEVER announced the availability of Java 6 for the initial version of Leopard, did they? They never announced Java 6 for OS X at all. I can forgive their delays in making a new Java version available. What I cannot forgive them is their closed door-non communication policy. They don't play well with others and you just cannot plan with Apple.

Posted by Winni on October 31, 2007 at 12:04 PM MDT #

Thanks Karl and Winni! I think the initial startup did cause indexing and that's perhaps some of the delays I saw.

Other issues:

\* My X11 version of OpenOffice seems to be running weird as well.
\* They took away the Preview window in iCal. :( I really used that.

I've finally found information on my Core Duo and how it's only running 32 bit instead of the Core 2 Duo 64 bit. I wish I could really confirm this. I did try to run Java 5 with -D64 and it said it couldn't start in 64. Does someone have a definite answer on this? I got this machine about 1 year ago before the Core 2 Duo's were out.

Thanks!
-David

Posted by David on October 31, 2007 at 02:13 PM MDT #

I upgraded on Saturday, 1 day after the Leopard launch. Some work related java applets aren't working anymore, nor is my VPN client.. this is really upsetting. I am a java developer and use my mac for support.. this isn't fun.

Posted by Antonio on November 01, 2007 at 01:59 PM MDT #

Apple seeded Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_01 today. I think that's great news and makes a first choice for Java developers again. It runs on all 64bit Intels. Very cool..

Posted by Nikolai Manek on December 19, 2007 at 01:45 AM MST #

Wow! Thanks Nikolai. Here are the system requirements.

System Requirements

Java SE 6 Developer Preview 8 requires:

\* A 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac (Core 2 Duo, Xeon)
\* Mac OS X v10.5.1 or later

This release is only for Mac OS X v10.5.1 and later, and should not be installed on earlier versions of Mac OS X. This release is for 64-bit Intel-based Macs only and cannot run on PowerPC-based or 32-bit Intel-based Macs.

Bummer! I only have a Core Duo not a Core 2. :( Anyway, I'm very very happy to see this. Now I need a new machine though. Thanks Apple!

Posted by David on December 19, 2007 at 11:17 AM MST #

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