What does LTS mean for OpenJDK?

mark.reinhold at oracle.com mark.reinhold at oracle.com
Fri Aug 17 17:21:18 UTC 2018

2018/8/17 9:36:26 -0700, Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org>:
> 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
> http://jdk.java.net
> - 3 years of public $free updates with binaries published at http://jdk.java.net
> - something else?

At least six months of free, GPL-licensed updates with binaries at

(I say “at least” because that’s the current plan.  The plan could
 change, to a longer time period, if the situation warrants.)

> ...
> 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.

I’ll leave that to others to answer.

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

The jdk.java.net site is for builds from Oracle, under various licenses
FLOSS and otherwise.  It’s not part of the OpenJDK Community.  Other
implementors have their own distribution sites or related mechanisms.

- Mark

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