ABCL 1.8.0

Blake McBride blake at
Fri Oct 30 14:40:07 UTC 2020

I'd like to add that I care far, far less about "efficiently [implement
atomic memory compare and swap operations" than I do about bug fixes and
ANSI CL conformance.  And it still seems like a lot of work is remaining in
those areas.



On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:33 AM Blake McBride <blake at> wrote:

> 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?
> Thanks.
> Blake McBride
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