Sunday Sep 04, 2011

Java SE licensing updates - Advanced and Suite offerings

Oracle's JavaSE implementation (JRE and JDK) is free of charge and this also now applies to JRockit.

While free is good, Oracle is also working hard on giving you reasons to pay for Java should you want to use some advanced features such as deterministic GC or advanced monitoring.

A new support offering was recently introduced for the JVM bits you all use today as well as two new products: Oracle Java SE Advanced and Suite.

Matrix of offerings

Both of these new products offer additional features (mostly from JRockit for the time being) but also disabled auto-update and usage tracking, both useful for massive deployments. This page has the licensing and install details and you can find pricing in the current price list (simply search for "Java"). There is also a FAQ available.

These new offerings essentially replaces Sun's former "Java for Business" and provide support for Java SE 1.4.2, 5.0 and 6.0.