What does LTS mean for OpenJDK?

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Fri Aug 17 16:36:26 UTC 2018

The LTS (long term support) release Java 11 is nearly upon us. But
what does LTS mean in the context of OpenJDK? I'd like to try to get a
clear statement of fact in written form, particularly from Oracle.

Java 10 has had public $free support, with two security updates over 6
months and pre-built binaries at http://jdk.java.net/10/

What will Java 11 get from Oracle?
- 6 months of public $free updates with binaries published at
- 3 years of public $free updates with binaries published at http://jdk.java.net
- something else?

Note! The request is about $free pre-built binaries ready for
download. We all know people can pay money for support to multiple

Is any other group (eg. AdoptOpenJDK, RedHat) planning on providing
security patched pre-built binaries for $free? If so, for how long?
Please provide links.

Is Oracle the only OpenJDK member entitled to update http://jdk.java.net ?

For those wondering, the Java support page [1] is not relevant here as
that refers to Oracle's Java which will not be $free. Nor does this
provide clarity [2]. This video [3] at 17:00 appears to provide some
answers, but not in written form. The last thread was conspicuous by
an absence of Oracle participation [4]


[1] http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/eol-135779.html
[2] https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/update-and-faq-on-the-java-se-release-cadence
[3[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlpVeRB00qw&t=0s&list=PLX8CzqL3ArzVnxC6PYxMlngEMv3W1pIkn&index=10
[4] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/jdk-dev/2017-November/thread.html#175

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