[arch-dev-public] Fwd: [arch-general] Java 8

Andreas Radke andyrtr at archlinux.org
Sun Mar 30 05:46:05 EDT 2014

Am Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:21:25 +0200
schrieb Guillaume ALAUX <guillaume at archlinux.org>:

> Hi devs,
> A new major version of Java went out recently [0]: "OpenJDK 8" but we
> do not have a package for it (for the following reason) and some
> Archers are asking questions [1] or flagging our openjdk7 package as
> out of date:
> All Linux distros - including Arch - build OpenJDK using the IcedTea
> project [2]. Its goal is to cleanly build OpenJDK from Oracle, bring
> some more feature and it **was** also to re-implement closed source
> parts. I expected IcedTea to quickly release a version for OpenJDK8
> but it seems this is not their first priority [3] (which I totally
> understand). Nowadays there is no closed source part anymore in
> OpenJDK, and the license is clearly "GPL with classpath exception"
> which is a standard in the Java world.
> I have been working on a package based on OpenJDK8 built from source
> but without IcedTea that I think would fit to our repos. I still have
> some work for it to be released but I would be in favor of pushing
> this "OpenJDK without IcedTea" to extra until IcedTea v3.0 stable is
> out and could be used to build/augment our package.
> Any thought/objection/remark about?

How about using icedtea master bzr shots to build openjdk8 until they
publish a release?

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