You can download it here and read the release notes here. I have been using Java ever since the first beta of JDK (8 years ago?) and its amazing how buggy it is still thanks to features being piled on major release after release. Most of those features I could do without, an exception being NIO (finally working acceptable since 1.4.1_01) and ActiveX bridge (removed but due to reappear in 1.4.2). Features I care about are speed, size (download and runtime), and stability. So far, speed is satisfactory, size remains unbearable, and stability is frequently suspicious. Java is turning into a classic example of creeping grace.