[arch-general] Java 8

Javier Vasquez j.e.vasquez.v at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 13:47:42 EDT 2014

On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM, Guillaume ALAUX
<guillaume at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 28 March 2014 18:30, Caleb Cushing <xenoterracide at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm just wondering what the plan is, if any,  for getting java 8
>> packages into arch?
>> ...
> There is no official Java 8 package in Arch Linux because the OpenJDK
> we provide uses the IcedTea [0] but unfortunately IcedTea has no
> stable version available **yet** for Java 8. More details about
> IcedTea roadmap here [1]. So the plan (for me at least) is to wait for
> IcedTea 3.0 that will support Java 8. Shipping a "vanilla" OpenJDK8
> into extra (possibly from the binaries provided by Oracle) could be an
> option in the meantime.
> [0] http://icedtea.classpath.org/wiki/Main_Page
> [1] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/distro-pkg-dev/2014-March/026727.html

I'm curious why such hurry?  Is 7 broken, or is it a security
weakness?  Why not waiting for icedtea8 to be released?  If it's not
clear when, then why not interacting with upstream to find out, and
provide help if needed (testing or whatever)?


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