AFP548 Site News August 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

Oracle Supporting OS X Starting With Java 7 Update 6

Yesterday, Oracle announced that they would be expanding support for OS X with the release of Java 7 update 6.  Oracle is now responsible for Java updates for the OS X platform.  In the past, Apple had handled distribution of Java updates via Apple Software Updates.  Despite Apple having done maintenance releases recently due to Java exploits, they have remained on Java 6.

Now that Oracle has gotten things together, we can finally use Java 7 on OS X.  We can look forward to regular Java updates for OS X, including vulnerability patches that may not have been available in the past.

Nate Walck

Nate is a Systems Reliability Engineer at Dropbox, Inc in San Francisco, CA. He runs along with Sam Keeley and is one of the founding members of the ##osx-server IRC channel on He loves being involved in the Mac Admin community and using Open Source projects whenever possible, especially Munki, The Luggage and Puppet.

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