Java On Macs Starts To Transition From Apple To Oracle

This week there were two seperate updates to the Apple supplied Java that’s on most Macs. But what was interesting was the fact that the updates actually removed something. If you’re running Lion or Mountain Lion, any versions of Java before version 7 gets removed automatically. If you’re running Snow Leopard, the update will configure Web browsers to not automatically run Java applets.

Now why would Apple do that? Oracle now supplies Mac users with Java. Thus it makes sense for Apple to exit from the responsibility of having to update something it doesn’t make. Therefore if there’s another Flashback Trojan, Apple can always point the finger at Oracle. Interesting strategy. But it doesn’t make OS X any safer. That’s really what matters. It would be really nice if security was the focus rather than optics.

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