On 1 Nov 2010, at 4:41:08PM, Scott Kovatch wrote:
> When I left the Java team, the policy was that the service lifetime of an OS release ends when the second successive OS release happens. So, 10.5 will stop being updated when Mac OS X 10.7 is released. 10.6 should continue to be updated with security fixes until Mac OS X 10.8 ships.
thanks for your advice; I honestly appreciate your attempt to be helpful. (And Mike too, who is doing a sterling job in the circumstances.)
Unfortunately, as Apple have said nothing about 10.8 or when it might appear, this leaves us with no information. Some optimists may like to speculate that it will all turn out OK in the end. Others insist on planning based on what is known with certainty, unfortunately including many people controlling budgets. I really believe Apple is hurting itself here by being so vague. The educational market depending on Java is pretty big, as others have pointed out. The computers that students see at University also influence the machines they buy and recommend once in employment. Is this really a market Apple wants to lose such a large chunk of?
Sorry for the non-technical posting. I've also reported a bug to radar with subject (roughly) "Don't deprecate Java". It was marked as a duplicate. I'd encourage any other developers to do the same.
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