78m completed downloads of Java SE 6u11 in December

Interesting stats. Is Java already ubiquitous on the client?


No, and not even close to Flash

Posted by Mark on January 20, 2009 at 07:27 PM CET #

Sun has agreements with the top 10 computer manufactures and they install Java on every Windows machine. Even my mom and Grandpa have Java. I think Java penetration is pretty close to Flash. Somewhere I read numbers like 70% - 80%, which isn't the 95% of Flash but it is still significant.

Part of the reason the new applet plugin was done in Update 10 instead of Java 7 is so that computer manufactures would not have to re-certify a new version of the JRE. Plus, all of the existing computers with Java 6 will pick up the updates. When Java 7 comes out, I don't think you'll be able to upgrade using the auto updater.

Posted by Ryan on January 20, 2009 at 07:58 PM CET #

Most computers still have Java 5.

Posted by Bryan on January 20, 2009 at 11:12 PM CET #


indeed my mom runs Ubuntu with JDK 16u10 (or even u11 now) :-),



Posted by Adam Bien on January 21, 2009 at 08:35 AM CET #

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