JDK 7 status and IcedTea

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Tue Nov 29 15:41:26 UTC 2011

On 11/29/2011 03:33 PM, fernando at lozano.eti.br wrote:
> Hi,
>>> If I am, is there a timeframe for certified builds?
>> No.
> :-(
> Please, Red Hat, drop a few bucks for this! ;-)

What has Red Hat's bucks got to do with this?

>>> And while we're talking about Java 7, I heard about serious problems
>>> preventing some open source packages like Lucene from running under
>>> Java 7 on production settings.
>> That is ancient history.  This bug was fixed almost instantly in
>> IcedTea devel, and no release was ever shipped with this bug either.
> But someone told about incompatibilities on Fedora Java packages
> that prevented OpenJDK 7 / IcedTea 2 from being the default Java in
> F16.

It was too early, really.  The worst problem is that packages compiled
with Java 7 don't run on Java 6.  This is by design: by default
compiled classes are marked as being runnable on a 7+ virtual machine
only.  So, once you compile Fedora packages with Java 7 there's no
going back.

> So I can expect OpenJDK 7 to be the default Java when F17 is
> released?

I certainly hope so.  That's the plan.

> PS: I am writing an aticle about open source java jvms, it looks
> like GNU Classpath, GCJ, JamVM, CacaoVM, Kafee are dead, although
> not officially like Apache Harmony. Anyone can comment on this,
> mayne on a new thread?

We're still using gcj, but it's not being worked on very much.  It's
still closer to Java 1.5 than anything else.  JamVM and Cacao are
very much alive.


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