Heads Up: JDK 7 Linux platforms moving to Fedora 9

Mark Wielaard mark at klomp.org
Fri Dec 19 17:53:09 UTC 2008

Hi Martin,

On Fri, 2008-12-19 at 09:32 -0800, Martin Buchholz wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 01:57, Mark Wielaard <mark at klomp.org> wrote:
> > Are there any "official" GPL binaries for OpenJDK these days?
> No, but I encourage Sun and encourage others to encourage Sun
> to provide those, at least for Linux where there is a community that cares.

To be honest I think it will be easier to get the distros to do this for
us. They are much better at it and it saves you from endless discussion
of which architectures, platforms, compilers, libraries, configure/build
options, etc need to be supported.

Still, if they were around I would indeed take a look and compare stuff
a bit with my local builds if I had any strange test failures for

Fedora 9 binaries would be fine for me, I am on Fedora 10 already :)
Although my servers are a mix of Debian stable and CentOS 5.

> > But how would be tag these builds as "official"?
> I'm not sure I understand the question.
> Here "official" means there's been some release engineering love
> and an expectation of a minimal level of quality.

Sorry, typo in my question. s/be/we/.
But that answer does indeed start to answer my question. It would need a
certain level of support from the community. How much love would be
needed? Just setting up an autobuilder? Or running all jtreg tests (what
about the manual ones?). How and where to store them, for how long? What
build platform and architecture to use? etc.

I'll try and make some time during the vacation to get a build going on
Debian stable (that should certainly be old enough :) But getting things
bootstrapping on such old distros is pretty challenging. We have a
builder machine in the classpath.org domain, but I am not sure it has
enough capacity at the moment.



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