I will run whatever version of Java is needed. The days when I had to be compatible with a work environment on this machine are past.
I have been making a distinction between a compile environment and a run environment. I am under the impression that if I compile and build on version X with the appropriate switches, the resulting jar file can run on version Y where Y <= X.
If that is correct then I think the devs can decide to upgrade without any impact on users. The historical reasons for not upgrading the devs were rooted in Java versions and Mac support and at least one dev who could not upgrade. Those days are long gone, I believe.
If I am wrong then we should probably start a thread elsewhere and see if any users here have concerns about requiring a runtime of 7 or 8.