[7u-communication] Future Plans for JDK 7 Updates 7u60 & 7u80

Dalibor Topic dalibor.topic at oracle.com
Fri Jan 10 13:11:02 PST 2014

With 7u60 development moving ahead at a steady pace, and JDK 8u and JDK 9 Projects ramping up, it's a good time
to take a look ahead at the subsequent 7u release. Our development model in JDK 7 Updates allows us to accumulate 
fixes for future releases in the -dev forest, while working on the next release in a separate stabilization forest. 

The next release after 7u60 in this Project would be 7u80.

JDK 7u80 would tentatively arrive in early 2015. That's more then a year away from now, and also around the time of 
the planned end of public updates of Oracle JDK 7. [1] Therefore I expect 7u80 to be the last Oracle-led JDK 7u 
release developed as part of this OpenJDK Project. 

With respect to security fixes, Oracle plans to continue to integrate applicable fixes from Critical Patch Updates in 
the OpenJDK 7u forest until the end of public updates of Oracle JDK 7. 

New contributions should go to the JDK 9 and JDK 8u Projects first. With the JDK 8u Project starting up, it's a good 
time to get involved, and start working on testing, adopting and migrating to JDK 8u releases in downstream projects
currently using this Project's source code.

The reasoning I gave [2] behind focusing 7u60 on bug fixes and enabling migration to 8 holds even stronger for 7u80.
I expect the Maintainers of this Project to examine each incoming fix for 7u80 closely to avoid building up a glut of 
fixes to have to forward port in the future.

dalibor topic

[1] http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html
[2] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/jdk7u-dev/2013-November/008070.html
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