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Change Proposal Name Java 8

Summary

Make Java 8 (OpenJDK 8, java-1.8.0-openjdk) the default Java runtime. The current default java runtime (java-1.7.0-openjdk) will be removed.

Owner

  • Name: Omair Majid
  • Email: omajid@redhat.com
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 21
  • Last updated: 2014-03-13
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

The current default Java 7 runtime in Fedora is OpenJDK 7. The latest version of OpenJDK, 8, is to be released by the end of March 2014.

OpenJDK 8 is a significant update to Java. It brings in significant new features to the Java language.


Benefit to Fedora

Shipping the latest version of OpenJDK works towards the Fedora goal of "First". OpenJDK 8 brings significant new features to

If what happended with OpenJDK 6 is an example, then development of OpenJDK 7 will stop before Fedora 21 is End-of-Life'ed and security patches may not be backported to OpenJDK 7 (or if they are, they will be severly delayed). If Fedora 21 ships with OpenJDK 7, this will leave users vulnerable to exploits.

Scope

  • Proposal owners:
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

User Experience

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Dependencies

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product <-- Applicable for Changes that blocks specific product release/Fedora.next -->

Documentation

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes