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JRE/JDK and the threat of license-fees

JRE/JDK and the threat of license-fees

Quite some visitors of the current Micro Focus Universe in Vienna talked to me about the acute problem of having to identify (read: count) all the Oracle Java Runtimes (and JDKs) that are installed anywhere at their companies.
As you can see on Oracle's Java SE subscription page and other places (e.g. in englisch at, or in german at you do need a license to be able to use Oracle's version of Java - for a fee very soon, which is the news to many in this story.

Usually the server part of these tools are Java-based (think of APM/BSM, NNMi, OBM/OMi, OO, SA, SM, to name a few)
and the client part is

  • either a Java-based client that you have to install (e.g. OO Studio and SM Windows client)
  • or Java-Applets which run within your browser (e.g. APM/BSM, the administrative side of OBM/OMi, and SiS)
  • or HTML(5)-based clients which run within your browser (e.g. UCMDB-Browser and the user side of OBM/OMi)

The server installations usually use the OpenJRE or OpenJDK for quite a while now, so you would not need an Oracle Java SE subscription for those.
But the client part running within your browser is quite often using the Oracle SE runtime, where you will need one.

And here is something that obviously a lot of people are not aware of:
Micro Focus delivers so-called "local clients" (e.g. for APM/BSM, OBM/OMi, SiS, and UCMDB) which are

  • not running within a browser but as standalone Java applications (so you can use Chrome, or Firefox - all of which cannot run Java applets any more)
  • not using the Oracle SE Java runtime, but the OpenJRE
  • starting much faster compared to the applets running within a browser

You might already have "discovered" all the JREs/JDKs existing anywhere in your networks, and (hopefully) the version, the vendor, and so on, then all you have to do is

  • to replace the Oracle Sava SE runtimes with OpenJREs
  • to install (actually: unzip) the resp local clients and to uninstall the Oracle Java SE runtimes on your desktop machines
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Micro Focus Frequent Contributor
Micro Focus Frequent Contributor

Hello Team,


THanks for the information provided, i understand the concerns you exposed on the mentioned above. For that reason, in order to following the suggestion made the best approach here is with the Idea Exchange.


With the Idea Exchange you can submit "ideas" or suggestions/recomendaiton that you would like that any MicroFocus product may have in consideration, such as the JDK information you mentioned before.



Using the above link, you will be able to submit as many ideas as you want and have a direct contact with our Developers Team.

let me know if this may be able to adress the current concern you had.




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