Red Hat in a move perceived as taunting Oracle, will be offering long-term support for standard Java on Microsoft's platforms, Windows servers and workstations. While Red Hat supports OpenJDK on Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, Oracle extended a commercial-level Java support in place of a perpetual license and annual support fee.
The Red Hat owned Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, which is targeted at the commercial market, restricts the free re-distribution of officially supported versions, albeit it still freely provides its source code.
But with support for Windows distribution of OpenJDK, the open source version of standard Java, Red Hat’s OpenJDK distribution will support Java 11 and Java 8 for production workloads; with the support including patches for top-priority vulnerabilities to help businesses in Java application development.
The support, however will be based on service-level terms and in consideration of the number of workstations and server cores, though no information on the pricing has been made available.
Red Hat had earlier announced an agreement for acquisition by IBM, which deal will make IBM the biggest in hybrid cloud, with Red Hat as the potential operating system of choice for most cloud providers. It will enable IBM to expand across the hybrid cloud infrastructure, which will ultimately combine on-site servers with third-party cloud computing.