JDK 9 release schedule

mark.reinhold at oracle.com mark.reinhold at oracle.com
Tue Oct 18 14:56:25 UTC 2016

2016/9/13 8:56:40 -0700, mark.reinhold at oracle.com:
> ...
> For these reasons I hereby propose a four-month extension of the JDK 9
> schedule, moving the General Availability (GA) milestone to July 2017.
> I'll make a more detailed proposal for that date and other milestones
> in the next few weeks, but for now I suggest we defer the start of the
> Rampdown process [8] and continue to operate with the previously-adopted
> Feature Complete extension-request process [9].
> Minor enhancements and even strongly-justified proposals to target new
> JEPs to JDK 9 will be considered, so long as they do not add undue risk
> to the overall release.  As before, however, our main focus should be to
> use this additional time to stabilize, polish, and fine-tune the features
> that we already have rather than add a bunch of new ones.
> Comments on this proposal from JDK 9 Committers are welcome, as are
> reasoned objections.  If no such objections are raised by 16:00 UTC next
> Tuesday, 20 September, or if they're raised and satisfactorily answered,
> then per the JEP 2.0 process proposal [a] this will be adopted as the
> new schedule for JDK 9.

Hearing no objections, I've recorded the new GA date on the JDK 9
Project page [1].

Here are the proposed dates for the interim milestones:

  2016/05/26  Feature Complete
  2016/12/22  Feature Extension Complete
  2017/01/05  Rampdown Start
  2017/02/09  All Tests Run
  2017/02/16  Zero Bug Bounce
  2017/03/16  Rampdown Phase 2
  2017/07/06  Final Release Candidate
  2017/07/27  General Availability

The milestone definitions are as before except for "Feature Extension
Complete", which is the date by which JEPs and small enhancements that
have been granted extensions via the existing process [1] must be
integrated into the master forest.

I didn't include the interim milestones in the initial proposal, so I'll
leave them open for discussion under the same terms until 15:00 UTC next
Tuesday, 25 October.

- Mark

[1] http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk9/
[2] http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk9/fc-extension-process

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