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Re: [VOTE] JDK 1.7 - Switch for Accumulo 1.6.0
Let me clarify myself a bit, as I just had a chat session with Keith and

The concern I have is that moving to Java1.7 (jdk or jre), the second
bullet from below, is that this may force a departure from the typical
lifecycle for Accumulo 1.5. If the collective "we" are happy with the
potential to support Accumulo 1.5 and backport Accumulo 1.6
fixes/features to 1.5 as necessary for a period longer than we normally
do this, that's fine.

As there is an unquantifiable risk that is inherit to Java 1.7 (as any
new software), this is a real possibility. I haven't decided one way or
the other, but I wanted to make sure that the proponents of Java1.7 are
aware of such an impact.

On 6/3/13 5:04 PM, Josh Elser wrote:
> Can you clarify what you mean?
> - I would be ok with making JDK 1.7 the "default" for Accumulo 1.6.0. I
> think this mostly boils down to the JDK which we would be performing our
> testing with.
> - I don't want to alienate JDK/JRE 1.6 users from using Accumulo 1.6.0,
> so I am not in favor of removing the ability to run Accumulo 1.6.0 on
> JRE 1.6.
> I think the latter is acceptable to me as long as we document/advertise
> how one could build Java 1.6 Accumulo 1.6.0 artifacts, if we choose not
> to publish them ourselves.
> Also, some quick searching leads me to believe that 1.6 bytecode will
> run on a 1.7 JVM, but not vice versa. Does anyone know if this is the
> case? I apologize if I'm bringing up an already-discussed subject.
> On 6/3/13 4:51 PM, Christopher wrote:
>> Given all the previous discussions about this, and assuming all points
>> and counterpoints have already been sufficiently enumerated, I'd like
>> to put it to a vote, explicitly:
>> Should we switch to JDK 1.7 for Accumulo 1.6.0, to take advantage of
>> newer features (ACCUMULO-905), or should we continue to require that
>> Accumulo 1.6.0 run on JRE 1.6?
>> --
>> Christopher L Tubbs II
>> http://gravatar.com/ctubbsii