Sep 17, 1 min read by Ben Evans Over 30 Java community leaders have released an open letter clarifying the available support options and Java builds going forwards.
The document explains in detail the available free and paid-for support options, both from Oracle and from other suppliers. InfoQ has previously reported on Oracle's changes to the Java support model but there has remained an atmosphere of uncertainty, with developers left in the dark about the roadmap for Java support, especially for Java 8. Both Java 8 and 11 are discussed in the letter with a range of offerings available options leaders platform different suppliers.
Oracle JDK 8 is undergoing the " End of Public Updates " process, which means there are no longer free updates for commercial use after January The Long-Term Support LTS concept and releases are also explained in depth - essentially that Java will have a new release every six months, but every three years a release will be designated as LTS, starting with Java These LTS releases will have Oracle paid-for support available for an extended period of time.
There is also the expectation that other vendors will also offer support for LTS releases for longer than the standard six months life of a normal feature release binary. The document also contains an explicit description of what developers should do to obtain zero-cost, supported Java binaries under the "I Want Free" section headings in the short form of the document.
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