Post by Simon Clubley Post by Dirk Munk Post by Sue
As promised it is really our deep pleasure to announce the availability of JAVA 8 for OpenVMS.
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That is nice of course, but there is a bit of a problem.
It is based on Java 8.051, and that version dates from 2015-07-14.
Since that time there have been 15 updates (8.121 is current) with some
1000 bug fixes.
I don't want to be negative, but how long will it take before the VMS
version is 8.121 (or newer...)?
You are not being negative; this is a very reasonable question to ask.
I don't know if VSI or HP did this port, but the current version needs
to be more recent than this.
I will accept this is an initial release, but the next question is
how long will it be before the current version is released ?
This will give you a good indicator of how long it will be before
the fix for a future critical security problem is available on VMS.
If OTOH, we don't see the current Java 8 version released for VMS
in the next month or two, then the question to be asked is if this
release is a one-off release for VMS or not ?
We have all seen releases of an open source product being released
for VMS and then see that version rapidly become outdated.
VSI/HP needs to be showing they can track the current released versions
of a product and this is a very good test case.
I would like to know how Dirk knows what Java version it's based on. It
$ java -version
java version "1.8.0.03-OpenVMS"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0.03-vms-rc1)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.51-b02, mixed mode)
but VMS ports have seldom been known for rational version numbers that
correspond to the upstream code. I do find the "rc1" in the version
somewhat problematic in that it implies this is a release candidate
rather than a final release.
As far as keeping the release current, one could do that if one were to
hire one or two full-time Java engineers who did nothing but that
year-in, year-out. But I don't expect VSI will have the resources to do
that anytime in the foreseeable future.