Ending support for Java 1.4
The Vuze client (earlier known as Azureus) requires the Java runtime environment (JRE) in order to function. As a matter of policy Vuze and the Azureus project have remained backward-compatible with version 1.4 of the Java environment, which was released in 2002. However, support for this version from Sun Microsystems is coming to an end, and so Vuze must move forward to support only newer versions of the Java platform and to phase out support for Java version 1.4. (For more information about Sun support for older versions of Java, visit http://java.sun.com/products/archive/eol.policy.html).
Vuze is fully compatible with the most recent releases of Java (release family 6) and recommends upgrading to this version; however, Vuze will continue to be compatible with the next older version of Java (release family 5.0) until Sun phases out support for that version in 2009.
You can find out what version of Java is being used by Vuze by selecting “About Vuze" from the Help menu (Windows) or the Vuze menu (Mac OS X). You can upgrade your system to a current version of Java in either of two ways:
- If you are running Java version 1.4.2, the first option is to run the Java Update Checker.
- On Windows, open the Java Control Panel, and select the Update tab. Press the “Update Now" button to update to the latest Java release (version 1.6, from release family 6).
- On Macintosh OS X open the Software Update utility (from the Apple menu) and check for updates of Java for your Mac.
- The other option is to download and install the latest Java. For Windows, please visit http://java.com/getjava. For Mac OS X, please visit http://developer.apple.com/java/download and download the latest Java update for your version of Mac OS X. If you are running Mac OS X 10.3 or earlier, you may need to update your operating system to a later version first, because Apple does not provide Java versions later than 1.4.2 for older versions of OS X.
If you choose not to update your version of Java, you can continue to use your existing Vuze installation; however, we will be unable to provide you with updates and bug fixes unless you update your Java software. If you have questions or problems, visit the Support Forums at http://forum.vuze.com to see if a solution has already been posted. If not, please ask your question or report your problem there.