Oracle Policy Changes
Starting in January 2019, Oracle discontinued its free, long-term support of the Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK) for enterprises. All Oracle JDK releases now require a Support Agreement with Oracle. Going forward, there are two new types of support available:
The Long Term Support (LTS) release includes support and security
updates for several years. The current LTS releases are Oracle
JDK 8 and Oracle JDK 11.
- The Non-LTS release includes support and security updates for six months. Each Non-LTS release will be superseded by the next one, i.e. there will be no further support or security updates provided for previous releases. For example, the latest non-LTS release was Oracle JDK 12, released in March 2019, and it will be superseded by the next non-LTS release, in September 2019.
Organizations may choose instead to not use the Oracle JDK and to use the free OpenJDK (also maintained by Oracle) instead. OpenJDK details include:
- OpenJDK release frequency matches the Oracle JDK non-LTS release frequency, every six months, with each superseding the previous release.
- OpenJDK release numbers correspond to Oracle JDK release numbers, e.g. OpenJDK 11 corresponds to Oracle JDK 11.
- OpenJDK and Oracle JDK releases will include similar functionality, with Oracle JDK expected to have some additional proprietary features that won't impact Logi products.
- While there is no cost for using OpenJDK, it's released under a GPL 2 license, with ClassPath Exception, which may matter to some Logi customers.