Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Updated release schedule for Java 8 proposed

Mark Reinhold has posted a blog with a proposal to delay the release of Java 8 to the first quarter in 2014. For full detail on the background and details on this, see his blog. For details on the proposed schedule, see his post to the OpenJDK mailing list.

Oracle JDK 7u21 released with new security features

Oracle has released a Critical Patch Update for Java, which includes updates to JDK 6 and 7. More information on the CPU content can be found on blogs.oracle.com/security and in the release notes (7u21, 6u45). The JDK 7 Update also introduces a number of feature enhancements intended to improve security. For more information on these features, see the release notes.

The releases are available from the following download sites:

Q: Is there a JDK 6 Update available as well?
A: Yes, we continue to make JDK 6 Updates available to Oracle support customers through My Oracle Support for the full commercial lifetime of the product (currently December 2016). Also, although we have passed the End of Public Updates milestone, we decided to push out one additional public update of JDK 6 in order to make the security fixes in this CPU more broadly available.

Q: Will there be any more public updates of JDK 6?
A: No, we are not planning any more public JDK 6 updates. As of the next release which is scheduled for June we plan to move JDK 6u45 to the Oracle Java Archive.

Q: I want to continue to have free access to the Oracle JDK. Do you have any suggestions on how to migrate to JDK 7?
A: Yes, see my previous blog on this topic.

Q: I am an enterprise and need continued access to JDK 6. How do I go about getting continued support for Oracle JDK 6?
A: If you are an Oracle middleware or applications customer, support for the JDK used for your application is included in your support contract. You can also sign up for Java SE Support which extends support to our JDK when used with any custom or 3rd party application.

Q: Is Java SE Support price list publicly available?
A: Yes, see shop.oracle.com. Current pricing (April 17, 2013) is $5 per desktop and $250 per processor on servers, per year. For large volumes, contact Oracle Sales.

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Henrik Stahl is VP of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle, and is responsible for product strategy for Java ME and SE.

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