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v8 JavaScript in Fedora Maintenance

Problem scope

V8 is a standalone JIT-compiling JavaScript engine originating from Google Chrome browser and currently used by various other projects, most notably Chromium browser, node.js runtime and various higher language bindings (Perl, ...). Upstream releases very quickly, keeping neither stable nor versioned ABI or API, which makes it painful for distributions such as Fedora to maintain a consistent v8 runtime environment during the release lifecycle (different versions of higher-level components may require different versions of v8). Also, upstream provides no support for older releases, which leaves maintenance of releases that distributions sticked to distribution maintainers. Apart from bug fixes, backporting security patches needs to be done by distribution maintainers.


Release v8 version Chromium (not in Fedora) node.js (not in Fedora) Notes (fixes applied, known problems)
Fedora 14
Fedora 15 (Rawhide)


Very rough idea here [1] TDB: How do we decide/coordinate on which version to ship?


  • What do other distributions do? Debian ships this