Finally, it's here!
Like you, I've been waiting for this release for almost 3 years. Sometimes wondering what features would really go into version 7... sometimes wondering if there would even be a 7 (after the acquisition).
Here's the smallest set of links that you'd need, to understand the new features. Of course there are many articles and blogs on the internet with more detailed information:
- The most obvious - release notes
- The map of the Java SE world