Moving to a subscription model for Java SE 8
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.
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?
While we are on the topic of Java, make sure you don’t miss our JavaFX pub quiz!
Has JavaFX always been Java?
a) Yes, 100% pure Java
b) No, it started off as JavaFX Script language
In JavaFX, what is a stage?
a) The platform where it runs
b) The top-level JavaFX container
c) Each of the steps on a JavaFX animation
Test your knowledge here… if you dare!