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What is up with Zulu 8.17?

Updated on August 24, 2016 in Zulu Releases
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Can you explain what is in Zulu 8.17? Where can I get the details?

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Zulu 8.17 reached GA on August 2, 2016. At A Glance….

o Updates for OpenJDK 8, 7, and 6

The full set of community and embedded builds all provide accumulated fixes through the July 2016 critical patch update. New Java levels were updated on all Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms, for JDK and JRE packaging types. The Zulu security base levels are now Java 8 update 101, Java 7 update 111, and Java 6 update 83. General fix level 8 update 102 is also available.

o Formal support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS added.

o Full set of Azure Marketplace VM templates live

Using the April Zulu releases, we built out new VM templates (VHDs) for free Zulu and paid hourly Zulu Enterprise on both Windows Server and Red Hat Linux.

o First ever release of a Java Build Pack for Cloud Foundry based on a Zulu JRE.

Zulu accepted as alternative JRE choice when configuring Java workloads under the Cloud Foundry PaaS platform, upstream of all vendors.

 

The full story…

Zulu 8.17 is now Generally Available. Overall, Zulu 8.17 is an all-platforms uplevel of Zulu 8.x, 7.x, and 6.x reflecting the July security updates to OpenJDK.  Zulu 8.x required two releases, Zulu 8.16 containing only security fixes related to 8 update 101, and Zulu 8.17 containing security and functional fixes related to 8 update 102.

Formal support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS means Zulu keeps pace with Zing support, announced in 16.07. It also means that Ubuntu 16.04 acts as the base OS for all Zulu containers on DockerHub that use Ubuntu.

One of the seminal planks of recent Azul work in cloud deployment is ensuring Zulu ubiquity on Microsoft Azure. Our overall aim is to provide virtual machine templates, called VHDs, on the key Azure base operating systems for the whole range of VM sizes, from tiny to extra huge. Azul posted VHDs for Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based on a four-corners design: Zulu 8 and 7 JDKs for development, and Zulu 8 and 7 JREs for production deployment. With this separation, Azul now offer a pair of free Zulu VHDs with JDK bundles, and a pair of paid-by-the-hour Zulu Enterprise VHDs with JRE bundles, covering both use cases on both OS families. Click to review the Azure Marketplace Zulu options.

The evolution of Cloud Foundry opens yet another chapter on the Azul cloud effort. Cloud Foundry describes itself as “an open-source platform as a service (PaaS) that provides you with a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services.” Azul’s contribution to the open source Cloud Foundry project means that anyone configuring the Java build pack to use Azul Zulu pulls down a Zulu JRE from the Azul website straight into the stack comprising their Java workload. Azul’s contribution to the upstream source project also means Zulu gets pulled through to any certified provider, including Cloud Foundry commercial offerings by Atos, CenturyLink, GE, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, Swisscom, and any other downstream implementation. 

In terms of implementation, Zulu now appears alongside peer JRE providers like OpenJDK and Oracle:

   https://github.com/cloudfoundry/java-buildpack (scroll down to Standard JREs)

Zulu acted as the run-ahead project to determine scope, viability, and procedures for creating and distributing build packs. We hope to leverage such knowledge gains with a Zing-based build pack as a follow-on project.

You may notice that Zulu.org downloads got a facelift recently. This included scaling back the full catalog of backlevel releases to just a few recent builds of the tip of each Java major level. We still have the full inventory available on request, but the sprawl needed to be tamed.

The other news is that Zulu for ARM is here. ARM v7 and v8 32-bit Hard Float is generally available. Three types of builds are available. Community Access (“CA”) images are on Zulu.org for anyone. Limited Access (“LA”) and Subscriber Access (“SA”) images with a broad range of profiles and form factors are available for production evaluation and production support, respectively, through Azul. You can make any inquiries here.

ARM CA builds are downloadable from Zulu.org alongside other community builds including the Windows IoT Core image for MinnowBoard MAX.

Please continue any questions in this thread, or open any new topics, as desired.

–Matt

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