Moving Forward with IcedTea

Andrew Hughes ahughes at
Tue May 1 17:15:08 PDT 2012

----- Original Message -----
> On 05/01/2012 03:50 PM, Andrew Hughes wrote:
> > 5. The ARM branch
> > 
> > Do we have a release date for an updated 2.1 release?  Or will it
> > just end up going out with the security update?  I don't think
> > that's ideal.
> I don't think we have an ARM branch, but we do have some ARM hotspot
> changes in the icedtea7-2.1-forest.  I suggest we apply the security
> updates to the icedtea7-2.1-forest and release from that.  Testing
> with u4 will take some time.

Not officially, but I don't foresee x86/x86_64 users wanting to use ~u3
over u4, so in practice 2.1 exists primarily for ARM and pretty much
all the post-release changes have been relevant only to that architecture.

As those changes to 2.1 are mainly in the HotSpot tree, maybe the better
idea would be to provide the option of building 2.2 with the 2.1 HotSpot

The security patches will be applied to 2.1 and 2.2 as the releases supported
at the time.  I think it would be preferable if the security update was kept
separate from releasing other bug fixes & feature updates, but I'll leave this
up to you as the primary ARM maintainer.

> Andrew.

Andrew :)

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