OpenJDK and the future of Java

Oracle announced that it will no longer supply free binary downloads for JDK releases. This means Oracle engineers will no longer write patches for OpenJDK bugs. Additionally, Oracle is now charging customers for Oracle JDK support.

Why is this a problem?

In order to run a Java application, a JDK is required. Support for standalone and JEE Java applications running either in a standalone and/or Cloud environment(s) has now become a potential budget line item expense for Java customers.

The good news: Red Hat supports OpenJDK

Red Hat provides OpenJDK support for any Java application running in Developer, QA Test, or Production for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Desktop and Server operating systems.

You should not feel obligated to accept the new Oracle JDK fees.

Related: Oracle JDK vs. OpenJDK: Understanding the differences

OpenJDK is included in your Red Hat subscription

A Red Hat RHEL or Red Hat Middleware subscription entitles you to the following support for Java applications, both for development and production:

  • Fully supported, both Development and Production, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux for any Java application
  • Fully supported, both Development and Production, for Red Hat Middleware on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Fully supported, both Development and Production, for Red Hat Middleware on Windows

There are no additional fees beyond the aforementioned subscriptions to gain supported access to OpenJDK.

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