Insights and updates on Java SE and OpenJDK from the Java Platform Group Product Management Team

  • June 21, 2018

A Quick Summary on the new Java SE Subscription

Donald Smith
Sr. Director of Product Management

Earlier today, Oracle announced the introduction of the Oracle Java SE Subscription.  Simply put, you can now buy access to Java SE updates – including support from Oracle just as you would buy Linux updates and support from any distro provider.  Pricing is low and simple.  We are working to make it possible to subscribe online very soon, making it even simpler.

This new offering does not change how developers will get and use Java SE from Oracle.  As announced last year, Oracle now provides OpenJDK builds under the GPL+CPE license with plans to make them functionally interchangeable with the Oracle JDK by the Java SE 11 launch in September, 2018.  Going forward, we expect most developers and organizations to be using our builds as we complete the effort of making Oracle JDK and our OpenJDK builds equivalent.  No more “BCL” license, use the JDK under the same license as Linux, with the “Classpath” exception to afford even more flexibility.

The Java SE Subscription offering adds to all of that by offering a commercial license for Java SE combined with technical support and access to updates on legacy versions so you can upgrade to later releases on your own schedule.  It also buys time for organizations that may want another year or two to transition any use of Oracle Java SE desktop deployment technologies to other solutions.  No need to buy an expensive perpetual license, just buy desktop user subscriptions on an as-needed basis.

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  • Bernd Friday, June 22, 2018
    Regarding the metrics:

    The NamedUserPlus in the licensing model had a minimum of 2000 units, will this be a minimum of 1 in the new subscription price list? It would then be a no brainer for WebStart replacement, which is a good thing!

    For servers, is the unit a real physical socket/processor with no core factor and/or logical vcpu cores?
  • Mahesh Saturday, June 23, 2018
    In the subscription Mode what are the commercial tools and Features that will be provided access , Can you pls be specific if the non commercial version Openjdk is deployed in production will there be any impact if the Subscription model is not opted for . This is apart from the Patching long term support , Direct Updates from Oracle , will the Open JDK user base will get information and the security patches ..etc will be made available.
  • Bernd Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    Any minimum license users number for the named user desktop edition?
  • Donald Smith Thursday, June 28, 2018

    There's no planned minimums at this time. We are hoping to enable online access to buying smaller volumes but exactly ability to do that is TBD, but it'll be at least a month or so. The metrics are the same as the legacy Java SE Advanced products, so you do still need to understand Processor metrics which do use core factors. The licensing policy for running on either azure/aws is here - http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/cloud-licensing-070579.pdf and if you have a virtualized data center of your own, the licensing policy for that is here: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/partitioning-070609.pdf
  • Donald Smith Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Mahesh, I believe this can help give more information - https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/update-and-faq-on-the-java-se-release-cadence -- our plan is to open source all the previously closed JDK features such as mission control, advanced GC features, appcds, etc. The Advanced Management console, which is an enterprise management tool, remains a commercial feature for those with large Java 8 desktop deployments.
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