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

Rob McKenna rob.mckenna at oracle.com
Thu Aug 27 20:31:53 UTC 2015

On 26/08/15 17:31, Andrew Hughes wrote:
> ----- 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?

Good point. I've just pushed a change to the 8u documentation that 
removes that out-of-date terminology. Thanks.

>> 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.

No, but its still just like the final phase of the 7 updates project :)

> 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'.

Technically correct. Subjectively I tend to combine the CPU/PSUs into a 
single release. (so I was counting 8) It may not meet the definition of 
"a few", but I don't think it qualifies as "many" either!


>> 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

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