Tridium Releases New Web Launcher to Combat JAVA SE 8 End-of-Life

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As Oracle moves forward with its end-of-life plan for JAVE SE 8 we’re preparing for lots of issues with our Niagara customers. Specifically, those customers who access Niagara with the Java Applet/Web Start will need to utilize a work-around as free public updates for commercial users of Java are no longer available. Customers who have already upgraded to full HTML5 versions for a browser front-end will not be affected, but we are aware that it not the majority at this point.

It is always our number one goal to help our customers through transitions like these. As such, we are in the process of streamlining our support channel. For questions on JAVA SE 8 end-of-life and Niagara Java Applet/Web Start, please fill out our new support form and our expert team will work with you directly as soon as possible.

For their part, Tridium has announced its new Web Launcher is now available for download which will help those customers who use the Java VM and Java Web Start for their legacy systems. From their “Customer Connections” team, here is what we know so far:

The Niagara Web Launcher is now available for download. You can download the Niagara Web Launcher using the following links. 

Niagara Web Launcher support is included with the following builds:

  • 4.4U3 – Included in (4.4.94.14). Release notes found here
  • 4.7U1 – Included in (4.7.110.32). Release notes found here

A patch for Niagara AX 3.8 U4 (3.8.401) is available for download here

  • File name: web.jar
  • File version: 3.8.403.1
  • Note: If you do not have Niagara Community access, please contact your OEM partner to download these files.

Documentation is available in the Niagara Software Center. A short video on the Web Launcher is available here.

Tridium’s FAQs:

Q: What versions are available for this?
A: AX 3.8U4 and higher, N4.4U3, 4.7U1 and higher. The updates will be in the upcoming N4.8 release and any future AX releases.

Q: Is documentation available?
A: Yes, documentation is available in the Niagara Software Center.

Q: Will I have to install an application on client platforms?
A: Yes, the updates to the web module will provide end users with an application download and start-up link.

Q: How will I get the Niagara Web Launcher?
A: Contact your Niagara partner to get the appropriate jar files.

Q: Will the JRE for Niagara Supervisor and JACEs still be Oracle J2SE?
A: The supervisor and JACE JRE will not be changed as a part of releasing the Niagara Web Launcher.

Q: Will there be some impact (specific bugs, performance, memory) in running 2 different JREs?
A: We do not expect any issues.

Again, Controlco customers experiencing issues with Tridium products they have purchased from us as a result of this change can contact our support team anytime through our Support Form.

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