Java software allows you to run applications called "applets" that are written in the Java programming language. These applets allow you to have a much richer experience online than simply interacting with static HTML pages.
Java Plug-in technology, included as part of the Java 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (JRE), establishes a connection between popular browsers and the Java platform. Java allows applications to be downloaded over a network and run within a guarded sandbox. Security restrictions are easily imposed on the sandbox.
Many cross platform applications also require Java to operate properly.
Various bug fixes
6511756 hotspot jvmpi forte_is_valid_method() should call CollectedHeap::is_in_reserved() rather than is_in()
6671051 java classes_lang (process) Runtime.exec() hangs if signalled during fork/exec
6652375 java classes_security Add replacement GlobalSign Root CA to JDK
6696605 java classes_security Add Secom root certificates to the JDK
6656050 java classes_security Add AOL Root CA #2 to JDK
6679340 java classes_util_i18n (tz) Support tzdata2008b
6685178 java monitoring REGRESSION: NPE in ConnectorBootstrap when Agent.getManagementProperties() returns null.
6643315 java sunservicetags Product Registration Info button in the Windows JDK installer should use default browser
6656520 java_plugin misc Loading cacerts file from running JRE directory (JRE 1.4.2)
6567254 java_plugin ns6 Stack stomp in CSecureJNIEnv
6674757 java_plugin plugin Firefox hang upon first applet launch with Windows OEM builds of Java
6709297 javawebstart other Wonderland does not install via webstart with 6u10 b21 or later
6620632 jaxp stax DTD event is missing entity and notation information