Proposed dates for JDK 8

Mathias Axelsson mathias.axelsson at
Wed Apr 11 09:23:19 PDT 2012

Hi Mark and Martijn,

I've been away for a few days so I didn't get the chance to reply back until today.

I think it is great that the Java User Groups wants to help out in testing JDK 8. I'll look into a proposed date for the M7 milestone and will get back to you.

Do you have any rough estimate for how much time the JUGs would need to run through one pass of the planned testing (e.g. 4 weeks, 6 weeks)? I'm asking so I would have a rough idea of how much time would be needed after M7 before you would have completed one full test pass and have filed the bug reports. I'll use your estimate to see how much time would be available for addressing the issues once you've completed the test pass.

If there would be too little time to address the issues it might be worth looking at doing a test pass earlier as well to ensure there is enough time to fix the critical issues.

Kind regards,

On Apr 5, 2012, at 8:20 PM, mark.reinhold at wrote:

> 2012/4/4 13:43 -0700, martijnverburg at
>> One of the areas the JUGs would like to help with is to rally the prominent OSS
>> projects to test OpenJDK 8 early (try to avoid Lucene type issues). We were
>> originally thinking about a simple wiki table ticking off projects vs
>> milestones. Is this something that would be useful? If so at what Milestone
>> would you like us to really start pushing the message / running tests on?
> I think the best time to encourage widespread testing would be a
> little bit after Feature Complete (M6).  For JDK 7 we scheduled
> a post-FC "Developer Preview" milestone and encouraged people to
> download and test that.  Quite a few people did, and hopefully
> with help from the LJC and other JUGS we can get an even better
> response next time around.
> Testing even earlier is, of course, also valuable.  As we get
> further along we'll post a table of which features are expected
> to arrive (or did arrive) in which milestone, so that people
> interested in specific features can focus their effort.
> Mathias -- Let's add an M7 Developer Preview miletone to the
> JDK 8 schedule.  I'll leave it to you to pick the exact date.
> It'd also be good to have specific dates for the other points in
> time you mentioned (rampdown start, P1-P3 only, etc.), though it
> probably doesn't make sense to call those milestones.  Thanks.
> - Mark

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