On Fri, 2011-08-26 at 11:29 -0400, Deepak Bhole wrote:
Andrew Haley and I just had a chat about this.
We both agree that weaning off the 1.6 dependency is the best long-term
solution. We essentially want it so that nothing in Fedora needs 1.6.
That said, we will continue to ship 1.6 since 3rd party apps may need
it. We will however remove the alternatives for 1.6, so using them will
require the user to manually set JAVA_HOME to
/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0..../ and call the java binary from that dir.
This will prevent someone from accidentally switching the system
alternative to 1.6 and having (1.7 built) apps fail.
Are there any major objections to the above?
In theory, in the long run, no. In the short term, it sounds worrying:
remember the schedule -
there are less than two months until final freeze (2011-10-17), after
which you'll have no chance to mess with this stuff as none of it is
going to be taken as blocking final release. That seems like quite a
short time frame to make sure everything, or at least all the major
things, in Fedora build and work against Java 7.
I'd say go with the 'everything is Java 7 by default and Java 6 is only
around for backwards compatibility with 3rd-party stuff' plan only if
you're pretty confident you can have everything building and working
against Java 7, to an acceptable level of functionality, by mid-October.
And be really honest with yourself about the likelihood of that
And I agree with Toshio that this has to go through FESCo. It would be
good to present them with as comprehensive and realistic a survey as
possible of the pros and cons of the various possible approaches.
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