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Oracle takes charge of Mac OS X Java security and supports Raspberry Pi

Updates Java for Linux on ARM including Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard and Pandaboard
Wed Aug 15 2012, 14:19
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ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle has updated its Java products, releasing Java Platform Standard Edition 7 Update 6, JavaFX 2.2, and JavaFX Scene Builder and increased security for Apple Mac OS X versions.

The firm has boosted security and support for Java on Mac OS X, adding that the release will soon be available to download from the web site and is available now at

Once in place, patches for Java on Mac OS X will come out at the same time as those for Windows, and Apple Mac OS X Java users might be spared virus infections like Flashback, which happened earlier this year.

Oracle also released for Mac OS X the developer friendly Java Development Kit (JDK), JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder.

Less costly than a Mac, and perhaps more interesting, is the Raspberry Pi. and Oracle hasn't ignored that hardware either. The Java SE 7 Update 6 brings with it a development kit for Linux on ARM v6 and v7 that is aimed at what it calls "general purpose" ARM systems including the Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard, and Pandaboard. This is being made available under the Oracle Binary Code License and is available for free as long as you don't intend to use it for commercial purposes.

Predictably the firm is pleased with itself and the fact that it has made Java available on such a comprehensive range of systems.

"Oracle continues to expand our support for the Java platform and now, for the first time, consumers and developers have access to the latest Java SE features and security updates across all major operating systems: Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X," said Hasan Rizvi, Oracle's SVP of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Products.

"We're also focused on improving the client Java experience with the release of JavaFX Scene Builder and bundling JavaFX with Java SE to provide better performance and improved usability for JavaFX applications, without having to install and maintain a separate product." µ


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