Replacing Java(10 posts)
And if you do need to install Java for local software (i.e. OpenOffice requires Java) just turn it off in your browser(s) so online attackers can't use it to infiltrate your system.
I only had Java installed on my machines when I was using the aforementioned OpenOffice. Once I got MS Office, I dropped Java and haven't needed it for anything else since.
I haven't had Java on my machines in some time and don't miss it. There are enough programs floating around that don't use Java I very seriously doubt I will ever need it. What sends cold chills racing up and down my spine are posts from people that say their online banking programs from their financial institutions require Java. I would switch finacial instutions faster than I could blink if that was true for me.
@ GS. Actually Java is required for full functionality in Open Office. See here.