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 excelsior-usa.com.