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From: Jörg Schaible <joerg.schaible@...>
Subject: Re: Deprecating JDK 1.4
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:16:21 +0200
Hi Pawlik,

Krzysiek Pawlik wrote:

[snip]

> What that huge change means to us? As you may (or may not) know Sun is
> stopping support for 1.4 soon, so we need to move away from it. Also if we
> focus on modern JDK versions (1.5, 1.6 and soon 1.7) we'll have less work,
> as most major changes occurred between 1.4 and 1.5. Basically whatever is
> 1.5 compatible should work with 1.6 and 1.7.
> 
> Note: that does NOT mean that I'm proposing to remove JDK 1.4 from the
> tree - it will stay to people who need it can still use it. On the other
> hand few months after Sun EOLs 1.4 we *should* consider dropping 1.4 JDKs.

Please note, that Sun is still supporting JDK 1.3 for *paying* customers. It
will take years till Sun is completely dropping 1.4:

http://www.sun.com/software/javaseforbusiness/support.jsp

Therefore I still have even 1.3 ebuilds on my local tree. And I had to
download and use the official ant binaries to run it with 1.3. Dropping 1.4
means also that it is no longer possible to run Maven with its minimum JDK
requirement.

In Gentoo all is about choice, but this seem not to apply for Java
development. For me it gets unusable.

[snip]

- Jörg


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