Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Apple To Remove Java from Mac OS X?

After the news that the new MacBook Air netbooks do not ship with Flash pre-installed it may be that Apple will be removing its  own Java runtime from Mac OS X.
In the release notes for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3:
"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated...

"This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."
Some Java support was removed a while ago...

Why am I not surprised?

The dream of Java was "write once, run anywhere." Apple doesn't want that. Apple only wants the apps that run in their locked-down and approved app stores. Java is a repeat-offender as a jail-breaking tool in a cross-platform, open standards world. Having called the pest exterminator for Flash, the next proprietary item of software is to be cleared from the house. Apple isn't just walling the garden, but scorching the surrounding earth for as far as it's eye can see.  RC

1 comment:

At least try to be nice, it won't kill you...