In a previous article we discussed a major change related to Oracle Java – the availability of the Java SE platform software as:
- Open JDK builds under an Open Source license
- Oracle JDK releases under the OTN license
We saw how this change makes it impractical for commercial organisations to use Java for free. At the same time, we have customers who are asking us whether to invest in Open JDK. What kind of support can they expect? Is it a viable alternative to use Open JDK with RedHat support?
In this article we aim to provide more background on why these changes have been put through a licensing and release frequency. We will do this by summarizing a number of the events related to Java that happened since Oracle’s acquisition of Sun. By doing so, we hope to clarify the relation between Oracle and Open JDK and to set more clear expectations about this open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition.