It seems that Sun Microsystems, Inc. is finally improving their update process. As announced
"Sun Microsystems, Inc., is announcing two new Java SE security response features, each designed to strengthen the Java platform's position as one of the most widely used, secure software platforms available. The new features include Sun's synchronized release of Java SE security fixes, and advance customer notification of those releases. They are designed to complement Sun's existing Sun Alert notifications, as well as the built-in Java Auto Update tool for Microsoft Windows users, and build a foundation for additional Sun Connection services and a customized Java SE platform for production environments that are expected in 2008."I have not been impressed with Sun Java and, in fact, have yet to install it on my new laptop. The "built-in Java Auto Update tool" has been a rather poor performer. Let's hope things are improving. See below for the first update schedule.
Advance Notification of Security Updates for Java SE:
"The following is our first advance notification of security updates for Java SE.
On the week of October 1, 2007, Sun will be releasing security updates with JDK and JRE 6 Update 3, JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 13, and SDK and JRE 1.4.2_16. This will be followed by the release of SDK and JRE 1.3.1_21 on the second week of October 2007.
This is Sun's first step towards the simultaneous release of security fixes across all supported Java SE release families. Sun expects to fully synchronize the release of security fixes across all supported releases, including J2SE 1.3.1 in 2008. Note that J2SE 1.3.1 has completed the Sun "End of Life" (EOL) process and is only supported for the Solaris Operating Environment and customers on Sun's Vintage Support Offering."
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