Java is a popular programming language that is used to run a variety of software applications and programs. The beauty of Java, is that it allows software developers to write programs that can be run on a variety of Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Java has come under fire in recent years as being not very secure. Most of the reported issues, however, are with the browser add-on (used to run applets) and don’t affect desktop applications (see my blog post titled: How does Java Security Flaw affect Desktop Applications, for more information). Having said that, Java, like any other software, receives periodic updates to fix potential security and other issues, and so it is important to keep your Java version up to date.
You have just bought a new Personal Computer, but before you can get any use out of your computer, and be productive with it, you will need some software. Your new computer may have come with some bundled ‘free’ software; if it did, be careful, much of the software that you thought was free, is actually only a free trial, which may expire. In this series of articles, I will tell you how to set up a powerful, productive computer, for free!