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From "Steve Cohen" <>
Subject RE: Dropping JDK 1.1 support
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2003 15:17:29 GMT
The fact that previous versions of ant are not going away doesn't help
when the previous versions have bugs or lack some particular piece of
functionality that is added later, which might be perfectly compatible
with 1.1.  I'm not a committer and I have no vote, and I'm not
necessarily opposed to migrating compatibility at this point to 1.2, but
there is a downside to this sort of thinking and it needs to be
recognized which I don't think you do.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chappell, Simon P [] 
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 9:13 AM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: RE: Dropping JDK 1.1 support

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jesse Stockall []
>Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 9:02 AM
>To: Ant Users List
>Subject: Re: Dropping JDK 1.1 support
>On Friday, March 14, 2003, at 09:50  AM, Chappell, Simon P wrote:
>>>> MacOS only supports 1.1, and will never see anything
>newer. The free
>>>> VM's (Kaffe, SableVM, etc) do not support all the 1.4
>>> features, MacOS X
>>>> just got 1.4.1 a couple days ago. OS/2 has 1.3.1, OS/390 has 1.3.1,

>>>> Linux on pSeries (RS/6000) has 1.3.1, Linux on 31 bit
>>> zSeries has 1.3.1.
>>> It seems that the only system in the above list which would be 
>>> affected by a shift to JDK 1.2 would be MacOS. As long as Ant 1.5.x
>>> continues to
>>> be supported (only for bug fixes, obviously) I don't see 
>any problem.
>> Actually, given that MacOS (i.e. all versions previous to OS 
>X) is now 
>> official in end of life status, and that all new development 
>is going 
>> into OS X, this does not seem like a huge concern to me. I use OS X 
>> and have just upgraded to Java 1.4.1, so I'm not having a 
>problem with 
>> this personally. :-)
>So are you offering to to purchase new Macs for all those still using 
>MacOS 9?


>Just because Apple has decided to EOL MacOS 9, does not mean that 
>everyone upgrades over night. Only about 20% - 30% of all Mac 
>users are 
>using OS X, that leaves quite a few with Java 1.1

The previous versions of ant are not going away. You can continue to use
them. The absolute worst case here would be that you could continue to
use ant 1.5 with JDK 1.1 on older Macs.

>Jesse Stockall -
>CRYPTOCard Corp.


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