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Update recommended: Changes in the License Policy for Java

Update recommended: Changes in the License Policy for Java

AED-SICAD and BARAL recommend Update

AED-SICAD and BARAL Geohaus-Consulting have been successfully using Java in some server-based products for many years. Java is an open source programming language for which there are free runtime environments for a variety of platforms. Since 2010 Java has been developed by Oracle. Some changes in Oracle's licensing and maintenance policy have recently raised the question with some customers whether Java can continue to be used free of charge in the future. The short answer to this question is: Yes! The more detailed answer follows below. 

Oracle has actually changed the licensing concept for Java. For version 8, this means that there have been no free security updates since January 1, 2019. For security updates of this version, license fees must be paid to Oracle in the future. In addition, there will be two different versions for the current Java version (currently Java 11, as of January 2019): 

  • The Oracle JDK provided by Oracle itself, which can no longer be used free of charge for commercial purposes from version 11, as well as
  • the so-called OpenJDK, which can still be used free of charge from version 11 onwards. 

Older versions of our products were based on Java 8. However, the current versions of our products are already compatible with both versions of the Java 11 JDK and will also work with the upcoming Java versions 12 and 13 without any problems. We therefore recommend all customers to update to the latest version of our products as soon as possible. This is the only way to ensure that you can always use the latest Java security patches. 

If you have any further questions on this subject, please contact your technical advisor. 

 

Products from AED-SICAD in the Utilities area that use Java:

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