Java Licensing: Oracle’s first ‘not free for production use’ patchset.
Oracle Java 8 Update 211 / 212
Java underpins a wide variety of enterprise software, particularly on the server side, and has historically been considered ‘free’ by businesses.
Recent changes to the way Oracle Java is licensed and supported will affect any organisation that currently relies on an up-to-date Oracle Java Virtual Machine in any production capacity. This, in turn, will affect how organisations choose to architect and deploy technologies based on the Java language, both packaged and bespoke solutions.
The 16th of April means the release of Oracle Java 8 update 211 / 212 – also known as Oracle’s first ‘not free for production use’ patchset.
The important thing to note is that this update will be released under the new Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Oracle Java SE and so you must read it very carefully and understand the terms before you download or use it. It is not as simple as saying you only need a license in production (and be careful with the definition of production); nor is it a case of ‘you now need a license’ (which we have seen people saying – remember, Java has always needed a license, just not always a paid-for license!). You may want to restrict access to Oracle’s download site if you are not sure who may download updates.
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If you are unsure as to what the change means, how it applies to your estate or whether you need to pay for a subscription, contact our expert team for a consultation.
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Version 1 has many years of specialist expertise and experience managing Java installations for our customers. As an independent advisor, we recommend that all organisations using Java should carry out an urgent survey of their Java usage, cataloguing the version number in use, its purpose, and the infrastructure upon which it runs.