Update #4: JRE 1.5 vs 1.6 for Microsoft Vista
By Steven Chan (Oracle Development) on Jun 21, 2007
[Nov 8, 2007 Update: Vista is now certified with IE 7 for E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. See this article for full details.]
[Oct 11, 2007: See the latest Update #5: Vista Certification with the E-Business Suite]
This article addresses a rather arcane topic. Following my last update #3 on our Vista certification for the E-Business Suite, a few readers have been asking for additional clarification on the specific versions of the Sun JRE plug-ins that will be certified.
JRE Releases and the Focus Issue
The latest Sun JRE 1.5.0_12 version appears to have fixed the focus issue with Oracle Forms. I'll be writing about the larger implications of this for Jinitiator users in a future article.
The currently released version of Sun JRE 1.6.0_u1 still exhibits the problematic focus behavior. Sun has committed to fixing this focus
issue in a future release on the the 1.6 codeline. I don't have any dates that I can share on the 1.6 release schedules with this fix,
With a Little Help From Our Friends
I understand that Microsoft and Sun had originally recommended that JRE 1.6 be used on Vista. Perhaps my google-fu is a bit off today, but I
can't find any references on either Sun or Microsoft's sites that back up that assertion. Nonetheless, the existence of the focus bug in the
1.6 codeline, combined with the fact that it won't be fixed until a later 1.6 release, has since prompted us to collectively revisit the original recommendation.
We've established the following certification plans after consultation with both Sun and Microsoft. Our plans are to certify the following combinations:
- Vista + Release 11i + JRE 1.5
- Vista + Release 12 + JRE 1.5
- Vista + Release 11i + JRE 1.6
- Vista + Release 12 + JRE 1.6
As usual, I don't have specific dates about these certifications, but I'll continue to post updates on our progress here. Stay tuned.