Backwards Compatability

Daniel Zwolenski zonski at
Thu Jun 14 17:13:07 PDT 2012

Below is a little bit of a reminder of the problems with auto-updating and
backwards compatibility - I find this announcement from Oracle themselves
on their own products to be rather poignant. I think we should feed this
sort of historic lessons learned into any and all conversations on JFX
installation, auto-updates and backwards compatability topics.

Pinning to specific Java versions looks to be a necessity, but there is a
contradictory requirement here: Applets need to be auto-updated to be
secure in the browser, but updates are not backwards compatible (no matter
how hard they try). Pure desktop apps can co-bundle the JRE to achieve
version pinning, but applets are required to be installed, and installing
multiple versions is not possible.

Is it time to kill off Applets? There are still a lot of legacy applets
around but really the real world moved on a long time ago - perhaps a mercy
stroke would be the best thing for it?

-----Original Message-----

From: Oracle Applications Users Group [mailto:broadcast at]
Sent: Friday, 15 June 2012 1:10 AM
Subject: Urgent Message from Oracle Corp: Disable JRE Auto-Update for All
E-Business Suite End-Users****

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Oracle Corporation has asked the OAUG to relay the following urgent message
to our users community.****

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All EBS desktop administrators must disable JRE Auto-Update for their end
users immediately.****

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URGENT BULLETIN:  Disable JRE Auto-Update for All E-Business Suite

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Why is this required?****

If you have Auto-Update enabled, your JRE 1.6 version will be updated to
JRE 7.  This may happen as early as July 3, 2012.  This will definitely
happen after Sept. 7, 2012, after the release of 1.6.0_35 (6u35).****

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Oracle Forms is not compatible with JRE 7 yet.  JRE 7 has not been
certified with Oracle E-Business Suite yet.  Oracle E-Business Suite
functionality based on Forms -- e.g. Financials -- will stop working if you
upgrade to JRE 7.****

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Related News****

Java JRE 1.6.0_33 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite********


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