On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:44 PM, Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
> I found this update that says Oracle has extended the public support of
> Java 8 about 4 months past the release of Java 11.
> https://www.infoq.com/news/2018/02/Java8SupportJan18 <
I do not think we need to create ourselves a set of handcuffs here. I could
see a "Roadmap" page that states that the next version will be 2.11.0 and
that will be Java 7 and that we imagine 2.x staying on Java 7. Next will be
3.0.0 which will be Java 8. Anything beyond that is speculation.
> > On Feb 12, 2018, at 5:28 PM, Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
> > There is an article at InfoQ that discusses Oracle’s support strategy
> . It contains a chart that shows the support lifetime for all Oracle
> releases.  It references a blog post from Azul discussing Oracle’s
> support strategy.  These charts are confirmed by Oracle’s roadmap. .
> The end of public updates for Java 7 was in April 2015 and the end of
> premier support is July 2019. 
> > First, based on this and the decline in the interest in Java 7 and that
> we are now about 3 years past the last public updates I am fine with making
> Java 8 our minimum version along with the release of Log4j 3.0. FWIW, while
> SLF4J still supports Java 5, as of today Logback 1.3.0 now requires a
> minimum of Java 8.
> > After that things start to get strange. I think we will have to take
> advantage of the multi-release jar support more and more in the future
> because I don’t see how we could ever make Java 9 or 10 the minimum
> supported version since Oracle will effectively drop support for them 6
> months after they are introduced. I would think we would have to wait until
> Java 8 usage declines to the levels Java 7 currently is before upgrading
> and at that time we would have to skip all the way to Java 11.
> > Whatever we decide to do I would prefer if we could publish our JVM
> support strategy on the web site.
> > Ralph
> > 1. https://www.infoq.com/news/2018/01/JavaSupportJan18 <
> > 2. https://res.infoq.com/news/2018/01/JavaSupportJan18/en/
> resources/1java-se-lifecycle-5-year-timeline-1024x683-1517328730133.jpg <
> > 3. https://www.azul.com/java-stable-secure-free-choose-two-three/ <
> > 4. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html <
> > 5. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/eol-
> 135779.html#java-commercial-offerings <http://www.oracle.com/