How do Oracle Licensing Changes affect BMC Products using Java 8?

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    PRODUCT:

    FootPrints


    COMPONENT:

    FootPrints


    APPLIES TO:

    BMC FootPrints v11.x, v12.x and v2018



    PROBLEM:

     

    Oracle have announced changes to the licensing policy and release cadence of Java software - How does this impact BMC Products

      

    See:

    https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/oracle-jdk-releases-for-java-11-and-later
    https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/update-and-faq-on-the-java-se-release-cadence
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html
    https://www.java.com/en/download/release_notice.jsp
    https://www.itassetmanagement.net/2018/05/01/oracle-to-charge-for-java-from-jan-2019

     


    SOLUTION:

    Oracle recently announced a major change to their licensing policy and release cadence for Java SE (Standard Edition), including both the Java Development Kit (JDK) and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that would dramatically increase the costs FootPrints customers incur for using it.

    In order to resolve this issue, BMC has transitioned away from these products as of FootPrints 2019 Release 1 and will instead use Oracle OpenJDK.

    FootPrints 2019 Release 1, supports Open JDK v10.0.02 and will extend support to Oracle Open JDK v11.0.2 in FootPrints Release 2 due late in Q2 of 2019.

    Oracle OpenJDK is only supported with versions and patches of FootPrints released in March 2019 or later. As such, you must upgrade to one of these versions to leverage Oracle OpenJDK.

    OpenJDK has releases scheduled every 6 months. Customers must upgrade Open JDK to the latest release every 6 months since Open JDK will no longer provide public updates for prior Open JDK releases (including security vulnerability updates). BMC Footprints will ensure compatibility with latest Java versions by providing hotfixes if needed.

    Open JDK download:
    Open JDK is open source alternative for Oracle JDK. Similar to getting Oracle Java SE binaries for free in the past, Customers can simply continue doing so with OpenJDK builds available at http://jdk.java.net/

    Important:
    Because OpenJDK is not supported on a 32-bit operating system, Footprints can no longer be supported on a 32-bit server.


    Article Number:

    000156843


    Article Type:

    Solutions to a Product Problem



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