[Dec. 3, 2014 Update: JRE support dates are not the same as JDK support dates any longer. Corrected support dates for JRE 6, 7, and 8.]
Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_25 (a.k.a. JRE 8u25-b18) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients.
All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release
Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:
You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.
32-bit and 64-bit versions certified
This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.
Where are the official patch requirements documented?
All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes: For EBS 11i:
Form Focus Issue: Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases. A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.
Availability of Server-Side Patches: This certification requires patches to be applied to EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 servers. Patches for 12.0 and 12.1 are available for:
- Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6)
- Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6; SLES 10,11)
- Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)(10, 11)
Patches for other server operating systems are pending. You can monitor the documentation for updates on platform availability.
This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:
Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users
The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support. The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.
Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology. It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.
If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:
If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:
If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:
Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?
This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update
Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release. The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.
Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.
Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 7 installed will only apply JRE 7 updates today.
In the future, enabling Auto-Update will upgrade JRE 7 to JRE 8. For details, see:
Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.
Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops
The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.
Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.
What do Mac users need?
JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks) desktops. For details, see:
The certification of JRE 8 for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops is planned.
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?
JRE is used for desktop clients. JDK is used for application tier servers.
JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.
JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.
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