Good news or bad?

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 the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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