Is Java WebStart Deprecated?

Thierry Guérin t_guerin at
Thu Nov 9 13:39:29 UTC 2017

Sorry Mario, the comment was directed at Oracle, not OpenJdk or other 
vendors. I'm aware that other vendors offer 32 bit versions of OpenJDK 
9, but :

- they do not offer (AFAIK) Windows 32bit JRE with built-in Java Web 
Start support. I'm aware that RedHat does package IcedTea-Web in its 
OpenJDK (only 8 at the moment), but it's marked experimental for Windows
- it's far more difficult to make some of our bigger clients install a 
JRE (on hundreds of their users' Windows computers) from a vendor that 
they have not certified

So for my company, the sudden disappearance of Oracle-built 32 bit JRE 
was a bad surprise. That's why I'd like to know if there's a roadmap for 
the removal of Java Web Start, so we can plan ahead.


On 09/11/2017 13:32, Mario Torre wrote:
> On Thu, 2017-11-09 at 10:08 +0000, Thierry Guérin wrote:
>> is released (like the recent disappearance of 32bit jvms).
> I wasn't aware that 32 bit jvms disappeared. In fact, until recently,
> OpenJDK didn't have any binary release at all so it's more like 64 bit
> builds appeared rather than anything disappearing...
> You can just build your jdk for 32 bit and there are a number of
> downstream vendors supporting or otherwise offering 32 bit version
> still also for OpenJDK 9.
> Cheers,
> Mario

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