No more public updates for Java 8 business users after January 2019 [Poll]
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Public updates for Java 8 will remain available for individual, personal use through at least the end of 2020 but business users won’t be that lucky — the ‘public updates’ tap will be turned off in January 2019. This post also contains a poll — we would appreciate if you could take a few seconds and fill it out.
Oracle announced that “public updates for Oracle Java SE 8 released after January 2019 will not be available for business, commercial or production use without a commercial license.” However, if you’re a consumer (and you use Java for “individual, personal use,”) you shouldn’t worry — public updates will still be available until at least the end of 2020.
According to Oracle’s Java SE Support Roadmap, if you need access to “critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 8,” you can get long-term support via Oracle Java SE Advanced, Oracle Java SE Advanced Desktop, or Oracle Java SE Suite.
Speaking of updates, the most recent critical patch security update was released earlier this month — it contains 254 new security fixes. The previous Critical Path Update (released in January 2018) offered patches in response to the Spectre (CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) processor vulnerabilities.
Developers are still using Java 8
Last month, we asked JAXenter readers what Java version(s) they are currently using. Almost 250 people said they are still using Java 8, but this doesn’t mean they are using it for personal purposes. As one respondent pointed out in the comments section, this doesn’t automatically mean they are using it because they want to, but because they have to —in a business context.
More proof comes from Red Hat’s Mario Fusco:
Current status of Java 9 adoption pic.twitter.com/TkDFiXAC3G
— Mario Fusco (@mariofusco) January 28, 2018
That said, January 2019 is a pretty important date for business users who don’t have commercial license.
Just out of curiosity: