Thursday, November 14, 2019

Turning the Bear past Java 11

As the leaves fall in the Northern hemisphere, thoughts of the Bear
turn to a rumored permanent slumber, and a complete absence of the
possibility of new updates.  The Bear reviews all submitted
patches, so if you don't like the current implementation,
please get out and push.  Or pull?  Or fast forward? The Bear is
seemingly always confused with Git…

As previously rumored, patches for getting the Armed Bear

Common Lisp implementation running on Java 11 have landed in
the trunk.

Unless anyone objects strongly, we will release ABCL 1.6.0 as soon 

as possible with the intention to support the openjdk{6,7,8,11} runtimes.

After stabilizing the 1.6 branch with the inevitable necessary and
unknown updates, we can turn our attention to the ABCL 2.0 branch which
will introduce support for additional runtimes but drop support for emitting 

openjdk6 or openjdk7 compatible byte-code.

Stay tuned, Bear fans…


  1. This is fantastic news, thank you so much! Can't wait to see where 2.0 takes us as well!

  2. I use it almost daily at work to support my Java dev work, script around our application and test things. I feared the day our environment is migrated above Java 8. Great news and thanks!