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Java License Changes – Open-Source Versions Available for Use

Earlier this year, Oracle announced that Java—one of the most popular programming languages in the world—will no longer be available for commercial use without a license. If you need to continue using Java, you have two options: 1) you can install an open-source version (OpenJDK) at no cost, or 2) you can purchase the most up-to-date version of licensed Java. For more information about the changes and options, please review the Java FAQs page. If you do not use Java for programming, then no action is required.

Here's what you need to know:

  • If your computer is running a centrally-managed Windows operating system, no further action is required. UMIT will automatically replace existing versions of Java with OpenJDK.

If you have any questions or need help replacing Java on your computer, please contact the UMIT Service Desk at (305) 284-6565 or help@miami.edu.

Thank you.

 

*Please note we suggest you use OpenJDK, as this open-source version is updated periodically to include security patches. Other providers—such as Amazon, Azul, BellSoft, IBM, jClarity, Red Hat, SAP, etc.—offer free, open-source versions as well. Oracle's open-source version of Java is also available; however, it is only updated every six months, so it would need to be upgraded to the latest version bi-annually.