"Adam Messinger, Oracle vice president of development, told QCon that Oracle plans to offer a 'premium' edition of the JDK in addition to the open-source JDK," as was reported by The Register's Gavin Clarke.
So, this tends to generate more questions than in answers. What will be the value added by the premium version, and is this something the Java community should be worried about? In his November 6th, blog post, Stephen Colebourne asks the questions everyone in the Java community is likely asking themselves:
- Will the premium and gratis version be released at the same time?
- Will gratis version still support the same range of operating systems?
- What extra features will the premium version have?
- Is this only management features?
- Or are there performance features?
- Who is the target market?
The details are currently pretty slim. And while nobody can blame developers for raising an eyebrow over the announcement, this certainly isn't a reason to worry that they sky might be falling. Many vendors have generated revenue by taking the vanilla JVM and charging for various performance, scaling and memory management enhancements that significantly improve the platform. The hope is that any premium JVM offerings won't put those using the gratis version at an unanticipated competitive disadvantage.