Understanding the New Java SE Release Cadence: How to Obtain Java SE Updates and the Difference Between the Oracle JDK and OpenJDK

Understanding the New Java SE Release Cadence: How to Obtain Java SE Updates and the Difference Between the Oracle JDK and OpenJDK

  • December 2018 •
  • 11 pages •
  • Report ID: 5670455 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Perspective examines recent changes to the commercialization and release model for Java SE and the implications of these changes for technology buyers of Java SE. "The complexity of the changes to Java SE is such that technology buyers could be forgiven for perceiving the new Java SE landscape as confusing and difficult to navigate. The conjunction of a new release cadence as well as a new commercialization model for Java SE, in addition to the convergence of the Oracle JDK with the Oracle OpenJDK, renders the task of identifying the best path for their organization's usage of Java SE nuanced and complex," said Arnal Dayaratna, research director, Software Development at IDC. "In addition, assessing the financial and operational impact of obtaining a commercial subscription for Java SE requires careful consideration of how an organization plans to use Java SE for development and testing use cases as opposed to production-grade deployments."
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