Java on macbook air.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Razzz, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Razzz macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Hey, i just downloaded Java runtime on my new macbook air. I needed it for frost wire. is it going to do anything i shouldn't want. like how flash makes my computer run hot etc. what is it even used for? should i un-install it?

    sorry for being noob?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Nah, Java's not as "finicky" as Flash is. It won't run at all unless you're using something that requires it.
  3. karlth macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Coming from the Windows world Java makes my flesh crawl.

    The most infamous part of Java in Windows was the Java Quick Starter that came with version 6.0.

    Users had complained about the very slow loading time of Java applications. The reason was that the system had become so bloated that Windows struggled to load it. The solution by Sun's engineers was to develop the JQS(Java Quick Starter).

    This infamous program shipped with version 6 and what it did was to run a constant loop that constantly loaded the Java System into Window memory to ensure that when the desktop user ran Java programs (perhaps once every month) it would be loaded from cache.

    I don't know if the Mac version had its own JQS though.
  4. macsmurf macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Java is a programming language. Frostwire is apparently written in Java which means you need the Java runtime. It's not going to make your computer run hot, unless Frostwire uses more resources than it should.

    BTW, you'll probably hear some negativity about Java since most people don't know what is is and since Jobs doesn't allow it on iOS. In many people's minds that translates to "It's crap" which is wrong of course.

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