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« Posted 2008-07-01 17:59:11 »

I've got Mac OS X 10.4.9 on a separate partition on my computer, and I thought I'd use it to troubleshoot my webstart, basically to see if it works on mac at all.

When I try to execute a webstart, the Java webstart app starts (can see it flicker for 0.2 secs as the active program) and then quits immediately leaving no error msg whatsoever.
I noticed this was the case on ALL webstarts.

I thought; maybe I should upgrade Java first. And it turns out it's "built in" into the OS, so no luck there.

How does Java work on mac? I see the latest downloadable Java-related item on apple's support site requires OS X 10.5.x. Does that mean that any mac user that wants to keep up with the latest Java release, has to get the latest OS as well?

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2008-07-02 21:43:16 »

How does Java work on mac? I see the latest downloadable Java-related item on apple's support site requires OS X 10.5.x. Does that mean that any mac user that wants to keep up with the latest Java release, has to get the latest OS as well?
exactly, currently you will even need latest hardware because Apple's java 6 is only available as 64 bit version.

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2008-07-02 22:02:05 »

But isn't that retarded?

So any non 64bit mac user is left out anything Java 6?

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2008-07-02 23:16:04 »

But isn't that retarded?
decide for yourself.

So any non 64bit mac user is left out anything Java 6?
currently yes (apple does not talk about future)

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2008-07-03 08:12:50 »

Well here's the decision:

Yes

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2008-07-08 13:46:57 »

But isn't that retarded?

So any non 64bit mac user is left out anything Java 6?

Yes, but ... you do realise that all CPU's available to purchase are 64bit these days? Many (most?) mac's bought within the last few years should be fine.

malloc will be first against the wall when the revolution comes...
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« Reply #6 - Posted 2008-07-09 22:48:23 »

A good point.

What about the OS's in general then? Don't you have to pay to go from say 10.4 to 10.5?

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2008-07-09 23:01:25 »

You should be able to get Java 1.5 for Mac OS X 10.4. Try running software update.

I rarely have problems with webstarts... I have a 64-bit Intel mac running OS X 10.5, but I never had problems on my old computer either.

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2008-07-10 07:24:09 »

You can set Eclipse to compile to Java5 compliant code but then you lose any Java6 or newer features.

In Europa this option is under project->properties->Java Compiler. Similar options probably exist in other IDEs.
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