Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its loyalists, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink | 9/26/2018 | Staff
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Oracle on Tuesday delivered Java 11, in keeping with the six-month release cadence adopted a year ago with Java 9. It is the first "Long Term Support" (LTS) release, intended for Java users who prioritize stability over Zuckerbergian fast movement and breakage.

Oracle said it will offer commercial support for Java 11 for at least eight more years. The next LTS release, Java 17, is planned for September 2021, assuming civilization is still functioning at that point.

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After January 2019, Oracle will no longer provide free updates to Java 8, which means shifting to a supported version of Java, relying on OS vendors to provide Java patches, paying a third-party for support, building the OpenJDK on your own, or getting builds from AdoptOpenJDK.

Java 11 brings with it a new license that replaces the Binary Code License for Oracle Java SE technologies ("BCL") that has covered Java usage for more than a decade.

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"Oracle provides the JDK not only under the Oracle OpenJDK release using the open source GNU General Public License v2, with the Classpath Exception (GPLv2+CPE), but also under a commercial license for those using the Oracle JDK as part of an Oracle product or service, or who do not wish to use open source software," explained Sharat Chander, director of Java SE management, in a blog post.

Over the summer, Oracle introduced a new subscription model for Java SE, one of four Java editions (the others being Java EE, Java ME, and JavaFX). Server and Cloud deployments cost $25 per processor per month, and Desktop instances cost $2.50 per user per month,...
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