Java 6 EOL has been extended to November 2012 to give time to transition to Java 7, see public announcement and here is another link explaining the EOLining process.

Here is the short and curly of the dates:-

Major
Release

GA Date

EOL
Notification

EOL


1.4 Feb 2002 Dec 2006 Oct 2008

5.0 May 2004 Apr 2008 Oct 2009

6 Dec 2006 Feb 2011 Nov 2012

7 July 2011 TBD July 2014
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