[rfc][icedtea-web] move itw (head only) to jdk 8

Jiri Vanek jvanek at redhat.com
Tue Jan 12 18:00:07 UTC 2016

On 01/12/2016 06:09 PM, Andrew Azores wrote:
> On 12/01/16 11:57 AM, Jiri Vanek wrote:
>> Hello!
>> I would like to move future itw 1.7 to be jdk8+ compliant only.
>> Will post patch tomorow, but.. general thoughts?
>> J.
> What minimum versions of RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora will this restrict 1.7 to? It would be a very welcome change for ITW development but it sounds like it might also restrict any improvements that come with 1.7 to users of pretty recent distro releases. Some future backports might also become a little more involved but I don't think that would be too big of an issue.

I doubt that there is distro which do not have openjdk8 in repositories. To answer to your examples - none. All have it. (ok, rhel 5 does not, but it do not have ITW anyway).

My main concern is maintainability.  1.7 is last planned heaving-features relase. That means nearly no maintenance interest. And less supported jdks == less maintenance and less supported jdks == less possible threads.

Does it sounds better?

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