prerelase of icedtea-web 1.8

Jiri Vanek jvanek at
Fri Feb 22 11:15:46 UTC 2019

Hello all!

Please see the pre-release of icedtea-web 1.8:
If you can push it through your cases, it would be  awesome. There are native portable builds for
both win and Linuxes. There is also multiplatform portable build based on shell/bat launchers only.
I had also updated (not released!) fedora builds to this pre - see "fedora" text file:
While this prerelase is in testing, I would like to call alive translators - Russian and Czech - to
update theirs translations in In
addition, I will start backporting of non-native patches to 1.7 so 1.7.2 can follow 1.8 very soon.
1.8 will be released once translations are in place. Of course anything wrong reported with
pre-released tarballs will be fixed.

Windows testing:
 * itw-installer.msi
 + icedtea-web-1.8pre.tar.gz (sources for custom builds - optional)

Linux testng:
 * icedtea-web-1.8pre.tar.gz (sources for distributions and custom builds - mandatory)
 * fedora

Note for JRE search:
 * windows shell scripts reads java_home or or registry
 * linux shell scripts reads java_home or defualt system jdk
 * native launchers reads in addition system paths
TBH, I doubt I covered all combinations when I run my suites

Cases (if you have lack of them, but many of them may be already dead):

Known bugs:
3705 --- 	Webstarted application tries to load resources from server incorrectly
3704 --- 	IcedTeaWeb doesn't run SAP PI web start interface - LAZY_CLASSLOADING_FAILED
3697 --- 	Custom JRE/JDK within UTF-8 folder name ( key deployment.jre.dir in in ) are not properly handled
3689 --- 	DownloadService2 not implemented
3672 --- 	Classloader doesn't load jar correctly from JNLP extension
3461 ---	(still) Cannot run HP ILO4 remote console application
Windows desktop shortcuts are suspected to not work with jdk11 and up

On Linux side, except native launchers and few bug fixes, not much changed. But for windows support
this is giant leap to be finally proper replacement for oracle javaws.

For 1.9 the plan is to remove plugin completely, and to move to github and under the wings of

Looking forward for both  positive and negative feedbacks

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