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What is up with Zulu 8.23?

Updated on August 10, 2017 in Zulu Releases
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Can you explain what is in Zulu 8.23? Where can I get the details?

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Zulu 8.23 reached GA on August 7, 2017. At A Glance….

o Updates for OpenJDK 8, 7, and 6

The full set of community builds all provide accumulated fixes through the July 2017 critical patch update. New Java levels were updated on all Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms on Intel. The Zulu base levels are now Java 8 update 144, Java 7 update 154, and Java 6 update 97.

o ARM v8 64-bit Updates for OpenJDK 8 in partnership with Qualcomm.

The public ARM 64 community Zulu JDKs launched at source level 8u131, in a joint press release with Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies.

o Additional Intel x64 Linux support for Debian 9.0 (Stretch) and Windows 2016 Nano server.

o Preliminary Linux support for Automotive Grade Linux

o First Azul-led Zulu x64 community distribution via SDKMAN!

The full story…

Zulu 8.23 is now Generally Available. Azul skipped the 8u141 source level in favor of releasing 8u144 after fixing the zero-day regression identified in 8u141. We therefore have a numbering gap; there is no public release of Zulu 8.22.

In this release Zulu keeps current with Debian, offering new platform support on x64 with Debian Stretch (9.0) as a new OS version. Zulu also declares formal support for Windows 2016 Nano server. Nano is a cut down Windows server profile, and it represents one of Microsoft’s alternatives for containers and microservices architectures on Windows. Zulu today officially works on the GA release of Nano. Over a year ago, Azul worked on early pre-releases Nano versions in conjunction with Microsoft, so we are happy to today to publicly list formal support for the GA version of Nano server.

Azul also expanded of the Zulu Embedded family by launching ARM 64-bit support. The initial product launch targets the Qualcomm Centriq™ 2400 Server Processor, an ARM v8 64-bit 48-core powerhouse that targets enterprise and datacenter computing. Azul reached performance targets with our launched release 8u131 version, and Qualcomm and Azul will continue to collaborate with ambition to bring ARM 64 JVM performance to even higher standards. In general, Azul now covers ARM 64-bit, ARM 32-bit hard float, and ARM 32-bit soft float across myriad Linux distros at the Java 8 level with no barriers to approach any ARM Cortex A architecture as a potential drop-in fit. Review the Qualcomm+Azul press release for more.

In this release, Azul also added support for Automotive Grade Linux. We see this platform having interesting futures in automotive Java use cases.

Tools updates. Zulu now integrates with the SDKMAN! system for updating developer SDKs on target machines. SDKMAN! is a tool for managing parallel versions of multiple Software Development Kits on most Unix based systems and via PowerShell on Windows. It provides a convenient Command Line Interface (CLI) and API for installing, switching, removing and listing Candidates. Azul performed our first candidate posting using the 8u144 binaries, and posted Zulu 9 early access build 13, too. Look for more on the SDKMAN! website or follow their tweets at @sdkman_ on Twitter.

Cloud Updates. A refresh round of Zulu AMIs on Amazon and Zulu VHDs on Azure went live this cycle. Review the current offerings using either of the URLs below:

AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/search/results/ref=gtw_navgno_search_box?searchTerms=zulu&search=

Azure: https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps?search=zulu&page=1

For More Details:

o  Zulu 8.23 Release Notes
http://zulu.org/zulurelnotes/

o Zulu User Documentation 
http://zulu.org/zuludocs/

o Zulu and Zulu Embedded Download Page on Zulu.org
http://www.zulu.org/download

o Zulu Download Page on Azul.com 
http://www.azul.com/downloads/zulu/

Zulu Embedded Download Page on Azul.com
http://www.azul.com/downloads/zulu-embedded/

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