Minecraft Java 5 and PowerPC support

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Minecraft Java 5 and PowerPC support
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Minecraft Java 5 and PowerPC support

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 10:51PM CEST
Starting with Minecraft version 1.6 (tentatively scheduled for spring 2013), Mojang will no longer be supporting Java version 5 or PowerPC. 


Why are you removing support for Java 5 and PowerPC?
Support is being removed so that a number of important updates can be made, and will, among other things, prevent crashing in certain situations, bolster Linux support, and cause Minecraft to run and render faster. Java 5 is no longer being supported by lwjgl (Lightweight Java Game Library; the code library that allows Java to interact with your computer's graphics card), and PowerPC is no longer being supported by Apple.

What is Java?
Java is the coding language that Minecraft is written in. Any program written in Java requires that you have it installed before using that program.

How can I update to the newest version of Java?
If you do not have automatic Java updates enabled (or if you need to download Java for the first time), you can obtain the newest version by visiting http://java.com/download

What is PowerPC?
PowerPC is a type of computer architecture used from 1992-2006, mostly in Apple computers. At this time, PowerPC is typically considered outdated and obsolete.

How can I tell if I have PowerPC?
If you have an Apple computer, you can visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1531 for more information.

What should I do if I have Java 5 or PowerPC?
If you have Java 5, you can visit http://java.com/download to update to the newest version. As PowerPC is obsolete, we estimate that this part of the update will affect an incredibly small portion of the Minecraft playerbase. However, if you have a computer with PowerPC, we recommend against updating to Minecraft version 1.6.
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I think the only people using PowerPC processors anymore (at least for Java or Java development) are XBox 360 owners.

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I'm surprised they're updating to Java 6 and not Java 7. Even ignoring the security concerns, Java 7 has all the Java 6 libraries and functionality of Java 6, plus a ton of new features. As far as I'm aware, Oracle won't support Java 6 for much longer. They've already gone out of their way to hide all the Java 6 downloads behind several layers of "This is deprecated. Are you REALLY sure you want this?" questions. About the only problem I can think of is Apple don't support Java 7 natively, but it still runs just fine on Macs. You just have to install it yourself, although that can be a pain in the ass, as I found with an "I'm a Mac!" colleague of mine.

Still, though, so long as it works, then so be it Smile

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I can tell you I've been running Minecraft with Java 7 and having no problems Good

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Orion Pax wrote:

I can tell you I've been running Minecraft with Java 7 and having no problems Good

You're playing the current Minecraft, not the upcoming engine update. Its an important distinction. Ive tested the beta and it runs equally well but I have modern computer equipment. If you're using old equipment, or somehow missed Pax and I screaming at you about Java for the last year, I would encourage you to go test the beta.
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Good point Marqaha Doh - foolish me

I'll have to test the beta out then, and see how it performs with Java 7.  I really don't want to go get Java 6 unless absolutely necessary, because I think there are bugs fixed in Java 7 that aren't in Java 6 (I'll have to investigate more).