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April 11th, 2021

For software you receive from Oracle in binary form, under open source license, which gives you the right to get the source code of that binary, you can get a copy of the corresponding source code from oss.oracle.com/sources/ or www.oracle.com/goto/opensourcecode. If the source code for such software was not provided to you with the binary file, you can also obtain a copy of the source code on the physical media by submitting a written request in accordance with the instructions of the “Source Code Offer” section of the latter site. Program programs and/or program documentation are provided to U.S. government “commercial computer software” users in accordance with current federal procurement regulations and the agency`s specific complementary regulations. Therefore, the use, reproduction, disclosure, modification and adaptation of program and/or program documentation are subject to the licensing conditions and licensing restrictions set out in this agreement. The U.S. government is not granted any other rights. Java Standard Edition Version 11 (including JDK, JRE, JavaFX, JRockit JDK) will remain available for free as long as it is used for development, testing, prototyping and demonstration of your own developed applications. If you use Java Standard Edition for information processing, business, trade or production purposes, such use must be authorized by Java 11. Alternatively, you can choose to use OpenJDK, but it`s up to your own organization to apply software updates continuously with the latest version. Oracle`s business license (perpetual) models will no longer exist; Instead, Oracle will launch the right to use certain commercial features and provide its support services as part of subscriptions: Java SE Advanced and Java SE Advanced Desktop Subscriptions. JavaFX will no longer be included in JDK and becomes open source.

I`m not a lawyer, but… (Okay, it was a joke.) I have no doubt that the licensing agreement will always carry the heaviest weight and will, as always, be deciphered and enforced by people of law. I hope that an advisory document will give an indication of Oracle`s intentions. If they pursue poor, underfunded and under-represented unfortunates like me, I may still be on trial, but it will turn out that I acted in good faith. There are too many blogs about it now and too many comments and excuses for contributing to this. Especially because I`m here to comment before I go to the office, instead of taking care of the companion of the month! Hello Howard First of all, I agree that DBAs should have their heads around the subject because it is important not to expose their organizations to risks. I also think Oracle developers need that knowledge — I see a series of inconsistencies in Apex and JDeveloper licenses that could catch up with people if they didn`t check. But the fact that DBAs, developers, etc., are not lawyers and are not necessarily trained in such areas, will always ask them (or some): “What does it mean in English?” because they are afraid of the lawyer (like all of us – who wants to be prosecuted?). I bet those who have English as a second language also find it difficult….

and I often see people looking for clarification of the licensing conditions in OTN forums (well, especially for JDeveloper). That`s why I think a FAQ would be useful…. and to be honest, I could make fun of it if it makes life difficult for lawyers, because that`s their job.


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