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    Oracle ends JAVA support for XP

    I say if Oracle cannot support XP, then, it's time it releases JAVA to the Open Source community. Of course it won't; sad.

    http://www.zdnet.com/java-support-ov...xp-7000031226/

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    I was expecting some programs to no longer be supported on WinXP since Microsoft dropped all support of WinXP and Office 2003 back on April 8th. If programmers can't rely upon backup support from publishers of an Operating System they obviously will no longer work on those programs. Some of the antivirus programs will continue for another 2 years but not all.

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    They just posted an addendum at the story I linked above. Oracle clarified their statements in that future updates may or may not work in XP (i.e., customer beware). They probably will still work, but Oracle won't guarantee so; that's the gist of the story now. I'm sure folk will install and give either thumbs up or down on the future updates and folk w/ XP can decide when it's no longer feasible to update Java for that platform.

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    Java 7 update 60 should install and work ok under Windows XP.
    Java 8, on the other hand, requires minimum Vista.

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    I'm not really sure what the purpose of v8 is unless it's more for Developers as the Download at www.java.com gives the recommended as v7 of which u60 I believe is being updated to u65 later this month.

    I think the usage of Java in general seems to be diminishing as I have it disabled in browsers and have never been prompted for it for the odd program that I've downloaded/used except for www.pingtest.net and I no longer bother with that.

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    If you can live without Java do so. Unfortunately I believe Libreoffice and OpenOffice still require it.

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    I got rid of Java a long time ago and never had any problems not having it.
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    After all of the problems that Java has created we may be better off!

    Hate their updates with the browser add on that you have to uncheck before installing too!

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    Yes, they are all a sneaky bunch...
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    Oracle ends JAVA support for XP
    That's actually good news for XP. It'll be just that little bit more secure.
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    I don't think Java is as bad a security issue since the latest updates that require you to white list al Java apps. I've been using it without issue for the last 6 months.

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    Remember, too, that Java comes in three flavors (one of which is in name only): Java for browsers, Java for programs, and Javascript (the exception). Java for programs has never been a real problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsliesse View Post
    Remember, too, that Java comes in three flavors (one of which is in name only): Java for browsers, Java for programs, and Javascript (the exception). Java for programs has never been a real problem.
    Javascript is NOT Java. They are alike in name only.

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