Java is Still Free

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Java is Still Free

Andres Almiray
Apologies if you've heard this news item from other sources already but the information contained in the mentioned article is quite important to all JVM related endeavors going forward. Please read on.

As you may have heard in past months the JDK now has a 6 months release cadence. Coupled to this speed Oracle has put forward a new scheme regarding free updates vs. paid support. Other JDK vendors (such as IBM, RedHat, Azul, et al) have commented on these developments and put forward their own plans in terms of support. However there’s still a lot of people out there that are unaware of the change that’s coming to the Java landscape.

As a result the Java Champions, in collaboration with Oracle and other JDK vendors, have created a document whose aim is to explain the different options at your disposal. This document should be spread as much as possible, please discuss it with your customers, as the new terms and conditions will affect their release cycle and budget constraints, among others.

The following message is from Martjin Verburg, co-lead of the Java London Community, re-known speaker, and Java Champion:

With the recent changes to Oracle JDK distribution and support, there’s been considerable uncertainty in the Java ecosystem over the rights to use Oracle JDK vs Oracle’s OpenJDK builds vs OpenJDK builds from other providers. Working with the various providers, the Java Champions[1] (an independent body of Java experts) have put together a comprehensive Java Is Still Free[2] document on the changes and the choices you have going forward, and yes Java is Still Free!

The Java Is Still Free[2] document has comments and suggested edit access switched on and will periodically be updated to reflect the latest accurate information.  It is being Disseminated[3] widely and we’d appreciate you sharing this with your colleagues and within your organisations (please do update the Disseminated[3] doc when you do).



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