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joyss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 2, 2013 11:55 AM

I downloaded the Feb. 1 Apple Java update, but when I try to install it, the message reads that I need 10.6.  Doesn't 10.8 count?  Thanks.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to joyss)

    I think you have downloaded the Java update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. For OS X Mountain Lion, you have to download Java 7 Update 13 from Oracle site in order to make Java work.

     

    I recommend you to not activate Java if you aren't going to use it. It has got a lot of security problems

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 2:12 PM (in response to joyss)

    System Preferences>Java>Update.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 4:04 PM (in response to joyss)

    If you are running 10.6 Snow Leopard use Software Update.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,270 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 5:08 PM (in response to joyss)

    Well, you will eventually have to use Oracle's (or some other implementation) as Apple has stopped developing it in-house.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,555 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 6:33 PM (in response to joyss)

    I am using 10.8.2 and do not want to use Oracle Java.

     

    You don't have any other options, except for the best one, which is not to use Java at all. It's inherently unsafe.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 6:49 PM (in response to joyss)

    joyss wrote:

     

    I downloaded the Feb. 1 Apple Java update, but when I try to install it, the message reads that I need 10.6.

    I'm guessing you already have Java 6 installed on your iMac?

     

    It's unclear as to whether Apple will be updating it for Lion and Mountain Lion as they did with the October update, but nothing has appeared to bring it to 6u39. When and if it does, it will appear in Software Updates and you should not have to download it from Apple Support Downloads.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,270 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 5:53 AM (in response to joyss)

    Java isn't Mac or Windows. It's Java. It is equally unsafe on any platform.

     

    Apple used to create the Java Runtime Environment and the Java Development Kit for Mac, whereas all other OS developers (Microsoft) let Sun (now Oracle) develop them for their OS. Apple has decided that wasting their time developing those things is no longer beneficial and has dumped it back on Oracle. Oracle doesn't appear to be making a 32-bit version for Mac, nor are they looking at compatibility with Java version 1.6 (which Apple produced). So, at this point it is all quite a mess.

     

    I'm not sure anybody recommends either as much as some stuff won't work with Java 7, so you need Java 6 until the people who made those games update them for Java 7. Also, when the first, recent threat was announced, it didn't affect Java 6, so people suggested going back to that.

  • William H. Magill1 Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to joyss)

    1- Did you follow the instructions at the bottom of that page: (support.apple.com/kb/HT5559)

     

    To re-enable the Java 7 applet plug-in

    Download and re-install the Oracle Java 7 JRE from this website: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre7-downloads-1637588.h tml.

    2- There are apparently quite significant compatibility issues between Java 6 and Java 7. POGO is not the only application suffering from them. I"m working with another vendor right now trying to isolate problems in an application that used to work (and still does) which was based on Java 6. They updated their program to be based on Java 7, and it no longer works with Java 6... only with Java 7.

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