Java SE 6u10 (aka Consumer JRE) and Excelsior JET

Update 09-Dec-2008: We have released the Java SE 6 Update 10 support add-on for Excelsior JET 6.4.

Update 13-Oct-2008: Thanks to everyone who responded by email or in the comments below. Sun has postponed its release, so we had no choice but to concentrate on beta 2. But now we know that Java SE 6 Update 10 support is very important for a number of our customers, and will start working on the respective Excelsior JET add-on as soon as 6u10 becomes generally available.

We are seeking input from Excelsior JET users to help us prioritize our engineering efforts for the next few weeks. Specifically, we need to know your plans for moving to Java SE 6 Update 10, and here is why:

As you may know, Sun Microsystems is about to release Java SE 6 Update 10 (formerly known as “Update N” and “Consumer JRE”). They describe it as “an update release that introduces new features and enhancements aimed at providing an optimized consumer end user experience.”

Among other improvements are fully hardware accelerated graphics pipeline (Windows-only) and a new Swing look & feel called Nimbus. As the Java SE API implementation in Excelsior JET Runtime is licensed from Sun, these improvements will be available to our product users as soon as we publish the respective add-on.

Now, we could start working on that add-on as soon as Sun releases Java SE 6u10, putting Excelsior JET 6.5 development aside. Or we could continue 6.5 development until reaching the Beta 2 milestone, scheduled to Sep 15. Problem is, two key developers were going to take vacations after that milestone, so the add-on release would be delayed for a few weeks in this case.

That said, would you please let us know if you need to move to Java SE 6u10 ASAP? You can do that by posting a comment below or dropping a line to java at

Categories: Excelsior JET, Java


3 Responses

  1. Clemens Eisserer Says:

    Well, for me the two most important improvements in Update10 are:
    – New Java Plugin
    – Quickstart
    both which are not that relevant for JET.

    For game programmers the D3D pipeline is of course a very important upgrade, but for me, writing buissnes apps it doesn’t matter that much, I am even a bit afraid of broken drivers that will be blacklisted as soon as U11 or U12 😉

    However from a publicity POV it may be worth supporting JDK6U10 of course 🙂

  2. James Warshawsky Says:

    I am a (struggling) game programmer and I definitely need JDK 6u10 for deployment to Vista. But I did think that it made more sense for Excelsior to make the 6.5 Beta 2 milestone before thinking about 6u10. Which is what indicated to the company via email.

    As far as drivers go, yes, that is a problem. But, half a loaf is better than none.

    As far as anyone trying to deploy a game with Jet, it certainly seems to be a small number of people. And perhaps OpenGL is a better choice in the long run? But that is not where I am at.

  3. Paul Clarkson Says:

    Quite important for us to fix this bug: