Java Licensing & Audit Guide 2022 – Free Java vs Paid Java Types

Java Licensing can be a challenge for organizations looking to avoid an audit failure

  • Java Licensing & Audit GuideAll commercial entities are required to have a Java Subscription for every devices that uses Java, which is probably every server, desktop and laptop
  • Oracle has halted its free maintenance for Oracle Java to commercial users effective after the January 2019 update
  • In Oracle’s view, every desktop and server uses Java. This could translate into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars annually for subscriptions
  • Oracle has mandated certain releases and updates of Java as free, along with others as paid. To understand these differences, along with Support options and

There are currently over 16 different releases of Java and each one has multiple free vs paid options.  Additionally, using certain commercial features will cause a free version to require a subscription.  Finally, many subscription terms come with hidden back fees that can cost 5x as much as the subscription term itself.

The Java Guide Covers:

  • What Java subscriptions terms include hidden charges back to 2019
  • Which releases are paid and which are free
  • What updates numbers will change a free version to a paid version
  • What Oracle clients get for free for Java
  • How to locate devices using Java
  • How much does a Java Subscription cost
  • What alternatives are there to Java
  • Can I be “grandfathered in” for my historic Java usage

Download the Java Licensing & Audit Guide



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