Upgrade to Java 6

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by stevento, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. stevento
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    stevento

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    I still have Tiger and I want to upgrade to Java 1.6. Every time I do a software update, it downloads and installs a new version of java supposedly, but in terminal, i run java -version and it still says 1.5.
    help?
     
  2. Winni
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    Winni

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    There is no official Java 6 version available for Tiger. Apple only supports Java 6 on Leopard, and there only on the 64-Bit Intel architecture, meaning you have to have a Core 2 Duo or Xeon CPU; Core Solos and Core Duos are not supported.

    However, you can try the Open Source port of Java 6 for FreeBSD, called "Soy Latte":
    http://landonf.bikemonkey.org/static/soylatte/
     
  3. toddburch
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    And, you have to go to /Applications/Utilities/Java to open the Java preferences app pain to set which JVM you want to use.

    Stay on 5. Save your self some headaches.
     
  4. Zortrium
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    I can't speak for PowerPC or Tiger users, but I've had no problem running Java 6 on my Intel Macs for all my Java stuff.
     
  5. toddburch
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    You obviously haven't tried writing an Applet that is destined to run in Safari. :eek:

    Or been to any web sites that have applets that exploit 1.6 features.

    Safari is 32 bit. JDK 1.6 on a Mac is 64 bit only.
     

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