incrediBILL - 12:12 am on Oct 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
I do not have Java installed at all and if I did it would be kept up to date by the package manager.
Then how the heck do you run Open Office? :)
Even if you have Java installed, the trick is to have Java applets disabled in your browser.
Java applets are so 1996, I didn't think anyone used them anymore let alone enabled it in a browser, but I always keep it disabled regardless.
Java running desktop apps really isn't much of a problem.
It will probably go away in the future just as Flash (at least in its present form) is slowly being "phased out".
I'll wish Mr. Jobs good luck with that as it would be like trying to phase out assembler, C, C++, C#, ASP, it's just a language and unfortunately for Apple, they have no control over which languages people use to write software.