• Oracle Releases First Java Development Kit for Mac OS X

    After Apple confirmed no longer supporting Java for OS X in 2010, it announced shortly after that the company came to an agreement with Oracle to include OS X support in future versions of its OpenJDK Project to provide Java SE 7 implementation on Macs. One year later, Oracle seems to have finally released Java SE 7 Update 4 and JavaFX 2.1 with the first JDK to land with OS X Support. Oracle said that a release for public consumers will be coming “later in 2012” and stated the following:

    This release marks Oracle’s first delivery of both the Java Development Kit (JDK) and JavaFX Software Development Kit (SDK) for Mac OS X.

    - Java developers can now download Oracle’s JDK, which includes the JavaFX SDK, for Mac OS X from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

    - Oracle plans to release a consumer version of Java SE 7, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Mac OS X later in 2012.
    As the transition to Oracle/OpenJDK for Java support on the OS X platform continues, Jobs’ comments about Apple’s Java packages being a version behind and how arrangement “may not be the way to do it” proved to have some credibility as seen with the appearance of the Flashback malware. The latest incarnations of Flashback managed to infect over 600,000 Macs by taking advantage of a vulnerability in Java that had been patched by Oracle in February but had not yet been patched on the OS X platform.

    As a response to what happened, Apple released several updates to Java for OS X including one that disabled automatic execution of Java applets. Furthermore, an additional layer of security was added which involved the system disabling the java applet once a user manually turns on automatic execution.

    Source: Oracle (Press Release)
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