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From Marcus <marcus.m...@wtnet.de>
Subject Re: [QUESTION/DISCUSSION] Does our required Java version need updating?
Date Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:56:51 GMT
Am 11/17/2015 11:39 PM, schrieb Kay Schenk:
>
>
> On 11/17/2015 02:17 PM, Kay Schenk wrote:
>> We seem to have a number of numer of Java related discussions of
>> late. Here's another one -- the Java version we're using for builds.
>>
>> Java 6 went out of update status quite some time ago -- Feb. 2013 --
>> and this is still being used for our Linux builds, and Windows
>> builds if our current binaries are produced with the same
>> configuration as the buildbot configurations.
>
> oops! an errate from me. Java 7 is used for Windows builds. And I
> don't know what is used for Mac.
>
>>
>> Java 7 reached end-of-life in April, 2015.
>>
>> Yesterday, I installed Java 8 -- openjdk version "1.8.0_65" -- on my
>> CentOS 6.7 (32 bit) and built. Testing resulted in OK results for
>> the little I did. I was concerned about the Base portion with the
>> installed hsqldb but so far everything is OK.
>>
>> Is anyone else on other platforms using Java 8 for successful
>> building and testing? Windows builders? Mac builders? Others? Given
>> that in our next release, we will be out of the 4.1.x branch (I
>> think), I would think we could jump up to Java 8. I would expect
>> that our users would be on Java 8 already.

when we release micro versions (at the moment this means, 4.1.x) we 
agreed to not change anthing on the baseline for supported platforms and 
their versions. Then IMHO we shouldn't also not change the base version 
for the needed Java.

But for newer versions like 4.2.x then, yes, we should improve the code 
to support the most recent version of platforms and Java.

My 2 ct.

Marcus

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