[8u-communication] JDK 8u60 released today! (and 8u72 timeline)

Andrew Hughes gnu.andrew at redhat.com
Wed Aug 26 16:31:45 UTC 2015

----- Original Message -----
> Hi Andrew,
> As per Sean's earlier mail on release plans for 8
> (http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/jdk8u-dev/2015-July/003985.html)
> we're using a similar approach for future JDK 8 Updates releases as was
> used for 7u76 and 7u72, with new releases accompanying corresponding CPU
> releases, as those releases did for 7u75 and 7u71.

Yes, I've seen this. It doesn't explain why the 8u66 page [0] says
'Fork for the stabilization forests' if you don't plan to do so.
Is this a mistake?

> Just like the final phase of the JDK 7 Updates Project, that means there
> are no separate forests in our Mercurial repositories for those few
> remaining releases.

But 8 is hardly in final stages. It's currently the only supported OpenJDK
release; there is nothing after it yet. If a bug needs to be fixed, it has
to go in 8 as a minimum in order to get to end-users.

If OpenJDK 8 is being supported until at least September 2017 [1],
then there will be at least 16 releases (8 CPUs with two releases per CPU).
I don't think that meets anyone's definition of 'a few'.

> Some folks may be wondering how they get fixes pushed into 8u66 so just
> to reiterate, all you have to do is follow the critical approval process
> [1] and the maintainers will take care of the rest!

This document still refers to a 'dedicated (stabilization) jdk8u$N forest'.
But you've said this won't be created going forward?

It seems that some of this documentation needs updating.

>      -Rob

[0] http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk8u/releases/8u66.html
[1] http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html
Andrew :)

Senior Free Java Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc. (http://www.redhat.com)

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