Apple JKD 6 for 32-bit Macs

Is it true? A JDK 6 for 32-bit Macs?! Searching the Apple home page returns nothing. :-o Tomas H. tells me to check the Snow Leopard Release Notes... Heureka!

Java for Mac OS X 10.6
The JavaVM.framework on Mac OS X is provided as an integrated component of Mac OS X 10.6, and vends Apple-provided and 3rd party Java virtual machines via various deployment options (command line tools, applets, applications, and Web Start). Mac OS X 10.6 contains an Apple-provided Java SE 6 version of 1.6.0_15 for both 32 and 64-bit Intel architectures.

I didn't plan to buy Snow Leopard, but hey, if it makes JDK 6 and Web Start work on my old Mac, why not, still cheaper than buying a whole new 64-bit machine. A JDK 1.6.0_15 should even include JavaFX, which has been there since 1.6.0_13 or 14, right? Where's the catch, why are they hiding this so well? :p

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Yay, this is good news.

What's your problem with Webstart? You know that you can force MacOS to start the 32-bit Java 1.5, right? It took me a while to figure out how, exactly, but I can show you if you like.

Posted by Alexander Koller on September 23, 2009 at 04:57 PM CEST #

Hi Alex, no I haven't tried that, did you just add a symlink to the JDK5's javaws in SoyLatte's bin directory? May work for normal webstart, I'll try that. But in my case I wanted to webstart a JavaFX application, and I'd expect that the JDK5 javaws can't do that.

Posted by Seapegasus on September 24, 2009 at 04:09 AM CEST #

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