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Moving to a subscription model for Java SE 8

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We cried, we mourned, we got depressed but we finally came to terms with Oracle’s announcement to end of the public updates for Java 8 business users after January 2019. But that was not meant to be. Last week, Oracle announced that the commercial support program for Java SE 8 is moving to a subscription model. Whether that’s good news or bad, depends on how you see things!

Do you remember when Oracle announced the end of the public updates for Java 8 business users after January 2019?

Well, we have news for you. Whether it’s bad or good, depends on how you see things!

Public updates for Java 8 will remain available for individual, personal use through at least the end of 2020. However, Oracle announced last week that the commercial support program for Java SE 8 is moving to a subscription model. This means that as of January 2019, Oracle will require a subscription for businesses to continue getting updates to Java SE 8.

The subscriptions will be available in July 2018 and the cost will be $25 per month per processor for servers and cloud instances. For PCs, the price starts at $2.50 per month per user. There will be volume discounts available for both paying plans.

SEE ALSO: No more public updates for Java 8 business users after January 2019 [Poll]

But what’s in for you, you ask? The Java SE subscription will feature:

  • Access to some Oracle Java SE versions past their end-of-public-update (EoPU) times
  • Early access to critical bug fixes
  • Licensing and support for cloud, server, and desktop deployments
  • Performance, stability, and security updates
  • Enterprise management, monitoring, and deployment capabilities
  • Around-the-clock support

You can have a look at the official list of the terms for the new Java SE Subscription plans here.

Warning: If users do not renew a subscription, they lose rights to any commercial software downloaded during the subscription!

What does this news mean for you in light of Oracle’s plan for twice-yearly Java releases?

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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou is an assistant editor for JAXenter.com. Just finished her masters in Modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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