ABCL 1.8.0

Blake McBride blake at
Fri Oct 30 14:33:43 UTC 2020

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 6:35 AM Mark Evenson <evenson at> wrote:

>     ABCL 1.8.0
>     Under the gathering storms of the Fall 2020, we are pleased to
>     release ABCL 1.8.0 as the Ninth major revision of the
>     implementation.
>     This Ninth Edition of the implementation now supports building and
>     running on the recently released openjdk15 platform.  This release
>     is intended as the last major release to support the openjdk6,
>     openjdk7, and openjdk8 platforms, for with abcl-2.0.0 we intend to
>     move the minimum platform to openjdk11 or better in order to
>     efficiently [implement atomic memory compare and swap
>     operations][github/issues/92].

My company uses JDK8 and every company I've consulted with still uses
JDK8.  I have no plans to switch anytime soon and nor do any of the the
companies I've consulted with as far as I know.   Rather than forcing me to
move from JDK8, your exclusion of JDK8 will simply cause me to stop
upgrading ABCL.

According to Wikipedia, Oracle extended support of JDK8 ends in 2030.
Support for JDK11 ends in 2026.  Other companies like Azul plan to support
JDK8 for many years to come.

Is it really critical for you to drop JDK8?


Blake McBride
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