(While this topic is written toward ColdFusion users, much of the information will apply to readers running ANY Java app/app server for commercial/production use
, whether Java 8, 9, 10, or 11.)
Did you know that Oracle will no longer offer free updates/security patches for Java 8, if Java is used for commercial purposes beyond Jan 2019? After that, you must pay them for support/updates (including security updates). And did you know that they are not offering their next "long-term" release, Java 11, free for PRODUCTION use at all (and that you must obtain a separate license)? Finally, while Oracle will be offering a free openJDK implementation, did you know they will only be committing to supporting/updating it for 6 months after release, leaving subsequent updates to the community of contributors?
These are important changes for those running CF, since it runs on Java. (CF2016, 11, and 10 run on Java 8. And while CF2018 came out on Java 10, that Java release will not last for long, yet another complication/curiosity that I wrote about back in May: On ColdFusion and its support for Java 9, 10, and 11.)
For now, while Adobe is aware of the issue of the pending Oracle licensing change, they have yet to clarify things on the matter (at this writing, Nov 15 2018).
While we await that news from them, I wanted to share this news here to help my readers, as well as a bit more below for those wondering about the matter, and options going forward.