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I'm in the planning stages of a java application that we're targeting for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Unfortunately, we're stuck at RHEL 6.1 which does not ship the java-1.7.0-oracle package set (they were added in 6.3) and I don't really have any control over when we will be upgraded to the more recent version. I don't have any specific technical requirements to use Java 7, but Java 6 is going to hit public EOL in February 2013.

Is it reasonable to assume that since Red Hat (and subsequently Oracle with its Oracle Unbreakable Linux) has shipped a copy of Java 6 in the java-1.6.0-sun package, it will support it for the entire 10 year support life of RHEL6?

Edit: I updated the question from 'safe' to 'reasonable'. Obviously, RH may determine it's infeasible to support the Oracle package long term and drop it. Mostly, I'm looking for a broad strokes answer based on their past behaviour or any kind of announcement/interview regarding their plans either way post EOL.

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I suspect you'll have to ask Red Hat. –  Michael Hampton Sep 13 '12 at 15:16
    
I would try to find a repo with java 7 for your rhel 6.1, should be saver. –  Isaac Sep 13 '12 at 15:18
    
@Isaac Given the level of binary compatibility that RH strives for, the 6.3 package for 1.7.0 will probably work just fine on 6.1 but that's not really a great plan from a support stand point. –  Ophidian Sep 13 '12 at 15:38
    
I'm curious... why are you stuck at 6.1? 6.3 isn't that far off, and would seem to be a better target. –  ewwhite Sep 13 '12 at 17:23
    
@ewwhite 6.1 is the most recent version that my infrastructure group is making available to us. I'm somewhat trying to decide whether I need to pick a fight with them over this. –  Ophidian Sep 13 '12 at 19:56

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