Technology preview of Java 7 runtime and build tools (OpenJDK7).
- Name: Deepak Bhole
- email: dbhole at redhat dot com
- Targeted release: Fedora 16
- Last Updated: 2011-08-03
- Percentage of completion: 100%
Oracle made available the first proprietary JDK7 release on 2011-07-28.
Fedora 16 will contain a technology preview of Java tools for version 7 (OpenJDK7). Though it will not be the default run-time, users will be able to use the Java 7 run-time and build tools optionally via alternatives. All packages in Fedora 16 will be built with Java 6 (OpenJDK6).
Benefit to Fedora
Fedora users will have optional access to all the new language and feature enhancements provided by Java 7 while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the previous stable version (6).
Since OpenJDK6 will remain the default in Fedora 16, the only work needed is to build OpenJDK7 in a manner that it does not clobber the existing Java 6 install, and such that it will not satisfy regular Java dependencies so that Koji builds happen with OpenJDK6.
How To Test
- Run (as root) 'alternatives --config java' and select the 1.7 version
- Run 'java -version' to ensure that it is correct
If users select the 1.7 java/javac alternative, they will have access to all of the new features that version 7 of the language provides.
Since OpenJDK6 will be used for all java related builds in Fedora 16, dependencies on Java is a non-issue at this time.
Java 7 will be optional and can be removed at any time if it becomes problematic. Since nothing will be built with 7, removal should not pose any problems.