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Fedora 21 Might Include GNOME 3.14 And Java 8


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The developers of Fedora 21 are deciding what new features to implement and which packages to keep or to upgrade for the next version of the OS, and it seems that Java and OpenJDK are now up for review.

The new Java 8 was released recently by Oracle and it’s useless to point out that it comes with a wealth of new features and fixes. Any Linux distribution that is using Java will probably think about upgrading to the new version.

“The current default Java 7 runtime in Fedora is OpenJDK 7. The latest version of OpenJDK, 8, was released on 18 March 2014. Given that Fedora 21 will not be released before August, it makes sense to include the latest version of OpenJDK in Fedora 21. OpenJDK 8 is a significant update to Java. It brings in significant new features to the Java language, including lambdas, a new javascript engine and lots of new library features,” said Red Hat’s Jaroslav Reznik in a mailing list post.

The Rad Hat developer also said that the current default Java runtime (Java 7, provided by OpenJDK 7, java-1.7.0-openjdk) used by Fedora 20 would be obsoleted and removed.

Fedora 21 will include Java 8, which will be the default Java runtime, and Ruby on Rails 4.1 will be included by default as well.

Now, another hot topic of interest is the default desktop environment. As you all know, Fedora is using GNOME, and the proposition to include the 3.12 branch has been taken into consideration. Even better, if GNOME 3.14 is launched in time, it will be adopted by the Red Hat developers.

“Update GNOME to the latest upstream release. Depending on the Fedora 21 schedule, this might be GNOME 3.12 or 3.14. The Wayland port of GNOME is still a preview in 3.12,” noted Red Hat's Jaroslav Reznik in the proposal.

Given the fact that Fedora releases always stayed true to the GNOME desktop and that the GNOME project is actually using Fedora to demonstrate their progress is a good indication that this proposition will most likely be adopted without any issues.

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