From the beginning of time PTV included Oracle JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE) in xServer. Oracle now changed its license policies and any updates for commercial use are only available with a paid subscription.
This marks a severe change for PTV especially in the xServer context. We want to be as flexible as possible and want to provide our customers a reliable, easy to maintain product.
Our learning from this was, we don’t want to be dependend on one particular JRE provider, but rather work with standard functionality, which is fulfilled by a number of providers.
What will happen?
Starting with the upcoming xServer Versions 1.28 and 2.12, PTV will not ship a JAVA JRE within its xServer products anymore. Instead it relies on a JAVA JRE provided by the operating system environment.
What are the advantages?
- PTV Customers are not limited to a specific JAVA distribution – reducing potentional license fees.
- You might just use an already installed JRE – reducing the number of JAVA Versions running on your System.
- The Server can install security updates for JAVA independent of xServer releases keeping your system security up to date.
What will NOT change?
- xServer will work just the same – it still uses JAVA to provide its services.
- xServer Internet will take care of that issue for you.
- Your integrations doesn’t need any ajustments and will still work and react the same.
- The xserver performance will be comparable to an integrated JRE – no change in any direction is to be expected.
Things to consider
- Since a JAVA RE is an additional xServer system requirement, you need to take care of that – just like any other JAVA depending software. But we worked hard to make it as simple as possible.
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