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Free long-term-support OpenJDK 8 for Windows with Webstart

April 30, 2019 Leave a comment

Now that Oracle Java 8 is no longer free-of-charge for commercial use, and Oracle is dropping Webstart, you might be looking for an alternative way to let your users still execute your Webstart based Java applications.

There are two community based projects that provide OpenJDK builds for various platforms for free and who have committed to providing security update builds for an extended time:

The Java 8 MSI installer from ojdkbuild has options for installing OpenJFX, Webstart (the Open Source implementation from IcedTea-web) and an Update notifier.

The AdoptOpenJDK team is working on a similar package, also offering IcedTea-web.

Overall, it seems that Oracle’s move to charge commercial users for Java might be a good boost for OpenJDK community builds.

Security updates for Java 8 until 2023 and for Java 11 until 2024, are made possible by Redhat taking over the respective OpenJDK Updates projects.

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