Accelerating the JDK release cadence

Andrew Haley aph at
Fri Sep 22 15:49:49 UTC 2017

On 22/09/17 15:34, Volker Simonis wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> can you please detail what the statements from your blog regarding the
> LTS releases means for the OpenJDK:
> "Every three years, start­ing in Sep­tem­ber of 2018, the fea­ture
> re­lease will be a long-term sup­port re­lease. Up­dates for these
> re­leases will be avail­able for at least three years and quite
> pos­si­bly longer, de­pend­ing upon your ven­dor."
> Does this mean that Oracle will provide updates for the LTS versions
> in the OpenJDK for at least three years? According to the "Oracle Java
> SE Support Roadmap" [1] Oracle plans to offer much longer support time
> frames for LTS releases. How is this going to work. Will Oracle step
> back as lead of the corresponding LTS update projects after three
> years (much as this was done for jdk7u for example) and leave the
> project up to the community while doing its own LTS support from
> private repos?

That is pretty how it works now.  While it'll be a PITA to handle
divergent repos, we do know how to do it.

Andrew Haley
Java Platform Lead Engineer
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