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Confusion about JDK 1.6.0 Final

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gnu_know_who
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I haven't spent too much time (just a couple of hours so far) researching this question... any help shortcutting the time to find the answer will be greatly appreciated.

I just finished removing all previous JDK 5 and JDK 6 Betas from my Windows XP (SP2) machine. I then downloaded the JDK 6 (which I thought was final since the schedules that I've seen anticipated 2006Q4 as the delivery date).

During the installation, indeed, "beta" was not part of the installation directory.

However when I pulled up the Java Control Panel, it reports Version 1.6.0 (build 1.6.0-b105) on the General Tab. Further, the Java Tab has a "VIEW" button in the "Java Application Runtime Settings" panel. And, confusing! It reports 1.6.0 Beta 2!

Has Sun been busy hiring MicroSoft engineers? I gave up long ago at trying to interpret the ambiguous communications by that empire...

The true question is, where can I find (on this behemoth website where half the links are broken) information about release schedules and (more importantly) how to interpret these cryptic versions? Does the b105 indicate a build number? Or a beta version?