More on Java, Updates and Security

Oracle has announced (see here for the official page) that on February 19th a new Java Critical Patch Update will be released which will fix the February 1st patch. But what worries me most is that the next updates are scheduled for

  • 18 June 2013
  • 15 October 2013
  • 14 January 2014.

In my opinion this indicates that Oracle has not yet managed to implement the software development and patching cycle in the correct way, or otherwise it should have been possible to release scheduled monthly updates. We know that it is not easy to do, but Oracle’s competitors have been able to, so what is going wrong with Oracle’s software development practices?