Funny you should say that :-). We've been working on a VMs loaded with the appropriate builds as part of the Adopt OpenJDK program (which fingers crossed I'll launch next week).
We discussed all of this with the various distros etc at FOSDEM and we should start seeing some extra support from those folks as well.
On Wednesday, 8 February 2012, Russel Winder <[address removed]> wrote:
> On Tue,[masked] at 05:24 -0500, Martijn Verburg wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> It's _really_ important that the Java community starts trying these
>> builds out. Java 8 will likely have a greater impact than generics
>> did in Java 5 and the time to get things tightened up starts now!
>> Please do try these builds out (see below) and go crazy on trying to
>> do weird things
>> to break them!
> Can I suggest that putting effort into making installing Java 8
> snapshots trivially easy would make it easier to convince people to try?
> For example if Java 8 snapshots appeared in Debian Experimental and
> Debian Unstable and Testing folk told how to set things up then they
> would get all updates automatically. Getting the Java snapshots into
> MacPorts would allow the adventurous Mac OS X addicts to try it and stay
> with the program as new snapshots get issued. Fedora and Yum must have
> a similar thing to Debian and Mac OS X. Is there a Launchpad PPA for
> the Java 8 snapshots to get the Ubuntu folk involved?
> Windows is incorrigible.
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