OpenJDK 8 adoption in Fedora and Debian Linux distributions

dalibor topic dalibor.topic at
Sat May 3 07:30:54 UTC 2014


with JDK 8 out of the door, Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian 
are looking to package it, and maybe even migrate to it in their future 
releases. A part of what packagers do when they introduce a new major 
version of the JDK into their operating systems is to try to 'rebuild 
the world from source' to try to shake out possible issues using the new 
JDK - accordingly they tend to find slightly different issues from 
developers testing how well their projects run on a new JDK version.

You can track the progress of the Fedora packagers on the java-devel 
mailing list in a thread starting at 
, and the efforts of the Debian packagers in a thread starting on the 
debian-java list here:

For the purposes of extending our successful QA outreach to a broader 
set of FOSS projects, I think those development libraries, which have 
been indicated in both efforts as requiring a second look wrt to 
building and running flawlessly with JDK 8, would be a great pool to 
consider reaching out to, and encourage to test early and regularly on 
upcoming JDK releases.

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