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Java SDK 8 download - login required?

 
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Hello,

I'm attempting to download Java SDK 8 from the below link. When I accept the license agreement and click on the download link, it redirects me to login.oracle.com (every attempt) and asks me to login or signup. Is anybody else having this issue, and is there a way around it that doesn't require a before-unnecessary account creation?

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https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

Thanks
 
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Oracle does this with older versions. They might have done if for Java 8 now that Java 13 is out.

You have two options: Sign up with Oracle, or use a different vendor such as OpenJDK.
 
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I had to pull a copy of Java 11 down yesterday and a login was required for that.

Oracle has been tightening the screws. Their license agreement even makes threats to Oracle employees.
 
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How far do you have to tighten the thumbscrews before Mono achieves a 200% increase in popularity?
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:How far do you have to tighten the thumbscrews before Mono achieves a 200% increase in popularity?



I wouldn't count on that. Microsoft, however, is not as aggressively litigious as Oracle. Mostly they get their way by squashing competition (embrace, extend, extinguish), not assaulting people via legal channels.

That is to say, Mono is freely available without dire threats and promises, but since it works best under Microsoft Windows®, its adoption on other platforms has been and foreseeably will remain limited.

More likely, people would migrate to the open-source Java platform, which Oracle might certify, but does not own. Any attempt to tighten the screws on that platform would likely elicit serious challenges, including very likely IBM's legal department, a/k/a The Nazg├╗l. Should Oracle prevail, Kotlin is waiting for Android developers, and I'm sure that any one of a number of alternative languages would be happy to take over on portable desktop and Enterprise systems.
 
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These days I prefer to use https://adoptopenjdk.net/releases.html. They've added OpenJDK 13 already, but you can still download older versions. Not just the LTS versions 8 and 11, but also OpenJDK 9 and 10 which are no longer available at Oracle. (To be honest, I'm surprised they didn't remove JDK 12 already.)

I do have a login for the Oracle downloads, because it's still the easiest way to get the API downloads.
 
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OpenJDK is now shipped standard with many Linux distros, I believe. Including Red Hat, which is notoriously averse to non-open technology to the point that while the Fraunhofer patents for MP3 were still in effect, Red Hat did not bundle any sort of MP3 support in their releases, even though Fraunhofer had explicitly given permission for their patents to be used in open-source works. So one of the first things I used to have to do upon installing a new OS was to add third-party repos to pull the MP3 support.

I've always stuck with Sun JDK's, except for a brief project where IBM's S9 was more appropriate. The early open-source Java implementations were notoriously untrustworthy for enterprise use. That was a long time ago now. They've improved.

However, as Oracle gets more proprietary, I expect that that OpenJDK may eventually become the preferred Java platform. Perhaps to the extent that some day, they may become the de facto standard, whether Oracle certifies them or not.
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:OpenJDK is now shipped standard with many Linux distros, I believe.


It is on Ubuntu.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:

Tim Holloway wrote:OpenJDK is now shipped standard with many Linux distros, I believe.


It is on Ubuntu.

Which version?

Has been for a long time. I think it is standard with quite a lot of other Linux distros too.
 
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Fedora 30 installed OpenJDK version 8.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:

Knute Snortum wrote:

Tim Holloway wrote:OpenJDK is now shipped standard with many Linux distros, I believe.


It is on Ubuntu.

Which version?


8, 11, 12, and 13 are all available.  Or did you mean the Ubuntu version?  19.04.
 
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