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Java JDK: Users Flee from Oracle Support

By Dick Weisinger

After January 2019 Oracle discontinued posting Java SE updates that could be used commercially. Now commercial users are required to purchase support for Oracle Java.

The consequence of Oracle’s decision is that many products that use Java already have or are planning to move away from Oracle support for Java JDK. In fact, according to a report by Snyk, 80 percent of Oracle JDK users are considering alternatives. Similar results were reported by in a parallel survey by Azul Systems.

In 2019, 70 percent of JDK users were using Oracle JDK, but that number dropped to 34 percent in a February 2020 report.

Bill Coleman, Azul’s Chairman of the Board, said that “leading industry analysts agree that the majority of Oracle’s JVM customers are looking for a more cost-effective open source solution which supports otherwise unsupported older releases.”

What are the alternatives to Oracle JDK? OpenJDK, Eclipse Open J9/IBM J9, Android SDK, and Azul.

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