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Choosing between OpenJDK and Oracle JDK

chaitanya karthikk
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Hi all, we are starting a project using java technologies. Our client is not interested in purchasing tools or sdk-s when there are alternatives. So we are thinking to use OpenJDK. I hope Oracle JDK is only free for home purpose or learning purpose. I think if we plan to do business on it we have to purchase a license. This is why we are going for OpenJDK. I have few questions

1. I don't know exactly whether can we develop and sell products using OpenJDK, next, OpenJDK is not available for Windows operating system.
2. In the site (openjdk.java.net) they gave a link to download openjdk for windows but it points to Oracle site. Is there an OpenJDK implementation available for windows operating system?
3. The site only speaks about JDK. What about JRE? Should we use Oracle JRE in production environment?

Can anyone please help me. Thank you in advance. good day.


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chaitanya karthikk wrote:I hope Oracle JDK is only free for home purpose or learning purpose. I think if we plan to do business on it we have to purchase a license.

No, the Oracle JDK is free for commercial use, you do not need to purchase a license if you write software in Java and you use the JDK or JRE to develop and run that software, even for commercial software.

Oracle does offer paid support and it also has an "advanced" version of Java SE which costs money, however you are not required to use it (in fact, I've never met a customer who was using this "advanced" version). See Oracle's Java SE FAQ.

Also see the Product and License Terms which you can find on the Java SE documentation index page.


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