> I'm not clear what's changing here. All I knew was Oracle offered
> Java free up to Java 8 update 202, and anything later is included if
> you're paying for an Oracle Java product (OAM?). I believe my
> business has the Oracle license and gets their Java (11) updates from
> Oracle. I previously worked at a small business which didn't have an
> Oracle based Java product and switched to getting updates from
Oracle has changed the license for Oracle Java a few time:
-8 (really -10) : free version available (BCL license), patches
available for some years
11 (really 11-16) : no free version available (people was instructed to
17- : free version available (NFTC license), patches available until 1
year after next LTS
What is new is that per The Register now Oracle license audit teams
now has started checking compliance for Java.
In most ways the safe choice is OpenJDK - there are plenty of builds
to choose from as most major IT companies today does their own
No license worry (GPL with classpath exception). Good long
term support - backed by many companies including IBM/Redhat.
Really the same code as Oracle Java (I believe Oracle Java has
a few extra tools and that there is a different implementation
in some graphics stuff - nothing that should impact users).