LTS for public releases

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at
Fri Nov 10 22:02:40 UTC 2017

On 10 November 2017 at 21:35, Andrew Haley <aph at> wrote:
>> Ultimately, these are the criteria I believe are needed for a successful LTS:
>> - a $free pre-built downloadable binary
>> - pre-built for multi-platforms
>> - from a single official location (eg. OpenJDK or Oracle)
>> - $free security-patch updates every 3 months or so until at least one
>> year after the GA of the next LTS
>> I've yet to see Oracle or anyone else commit to these LTS criteria.
>> But I'm happy to be proved wrong.
> We're still talking about it.  Of course, if you have no contract
> no-one is obliged to give you anything, but we don't want confidence
> in Java to falter.  If you're going to insist that Oracle is the only
> One True Source of Java there's nothing I can do to help, but then
> you wouldn't be talking on this list, which is for OpenJDK.

If there is a plan behind the scenes, then good - right now I think
there is a bit of a vacuum around future LTS releases which is the
point I've been making.

The criteria above is that the binaries need to be official. Being at
OpenJDK rather than Oracle is just fine. Being at a location
completely separate to OpenJDK is not fine.


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