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Re-Evaluate Your Java Strategy, Given Oracle’s Changes to Licensing and Support in 2019


Oracle has changed its Java technology support strategies, which may cost organizations that otherwise deployed Java SE for free in the past millions in support fees. Application leaders must quickly decide their future strategy for their Java platform.

Published: 17 April 2019

ID: G00384645

Analyst(s): Mark Driver Anne Thomas Rob Wilkes Melanie Alexander Kimihiko Iijima

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine Your Java Licensing Exposure
  • Choose Your Future Java Strategy
    • Option 1: Use Oracle’s Free Distribution of OpenJDK
    • Option 2: Pay Oracle for Commercial JDK Support
    • Option 3: Replace Oracle’s JDK
  • Minimize Inhibitors That Restrict Your Options
    • JDK Version Dependencies
    • Third-Party Application Dependencies
    • Java Applet and Java Web Start Dependencies
    • Manage Other License Challenges Moving Forward
    • Be Aware of Field-of-Use Restrictions in the BCL

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