Hundreds of people have already started gathering outside Java's central London store, desperate to be among the first to download the latest upgrade: Java SE7 upgrade 13.
The flagship store will open on Friday 15th April to allow desperate shoppers to download it. The update will also go on sale in Europe, Japan the US and Australia simultaneously.
Alan Strang, 19, from Maidstone, was the first to join the queue outside the Oxford Street showroom, having queued since 6am on 28th February. He admitted that he had not slept during his stay in the line due to ‘mega-excitement’
‘I’m totally made up to be first in the line - this isn’t just a download, this is about being part of a global network - no, not just a network: a global family. Being the first to download the latest Java upgrades is a whole way of life for bleeding edge creative types like me … I’m not sure what this latest one does, but I’m sure that like other Java downloads it will transform my laptop in some tiny imperceptible way when I reboot it.’
Hayden Wendell, who joined three days later than Alan was slightly more clued-up about the latest update:
Long-standing Java fanatic Stephen Fry has also pitched up in the queue with a small easy-erect yurt. He is promising to tweet the latest updates from the queue for all the ‘envious hordes who can’t put their careers on hold for this momentous landmark in history, when something or other happens to the compile time generics, or something - it all sounds utterly pink, fluffy and delectable - I can hardly wait’.
Java SE7 upgrade 13 goes on sale simultaneously at 18.00 on the 15th April at all Java stores worldwide for £499.00. It will then be available as a free automatic upload online at 18.03.