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Oracle Java – Java SE and GraalVM

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Oracle is a major player in Java, although its market share is declining a bit with the rise of Open Source alternatives and changes in its licensing model. Oracle separates essential security patches and more general patches/updates, so that they can be applied with different implementation urgencies and different testing regimes, which should result in a better managed Java environment, especially for mission-critical applications. Oracle also brings the stability and, possibly, the arrogance of an extremely large, low risk, stable company. Its recent pricing of Java support by company size rather than the number of Java users was a shock to many of its customers, and although Oracle has now clarified that this will only be applied to new customers, it is possibly an indicator of Oracle’s marketing attitudes.

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