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Upcoming evolutions linked to Oracle’s new policies regarding Java Runtime Environment, Java Web Start, JavaFX, and maintenance – applicable starting January 2019.

Oracle, the editor of Java, will no longer be providing desktop Java Runtime Environment (JRE) free of charge starting in January 2019. The last publicly available desktop JRE will be JAVA 8. Maintenance for Java 8, which was also previously provided free of charge by Oracle, will be discontinued in January 2019.

Corrective patches (security or compatibility updates) for Java 8 will still be made available to organizations that opt for paid maintenance (2.50$ per month per workstation). Though this is not mandatory, organizations that plan to keep running Java 8 may want to consider subscribing to Oracle’s maintenance plan for Java 8 to ensure they benefit from security and compatibility updates of Java.

Oracle, the editor of Java, will no longer be providing desktop Java Runtime Environment (JRE) free of charge starting in January 2019. The last publicly available desktop JRE will be JAVA 8. Maintenance for Java 8, which was also previously provided free of charge by Oracle, will be discontinued in January 2019. Corrective patches (security or compatibility updates) for Java 8 will still be made available to organizations that opt for paid maintenance (2.50$ per month per workstation). Though this is not mandatory, organizations that plan to keep running Java 8 may want to consider subscribing to Oracle’s maintenance plan for Java 8 to ensure they benefit from security and compatibility updates of Java.

JAVA 11, the newer version of the JRE, is available for free since September 25th, 2018. Java Web Start and JavaFX, two technologies that were included in Java 8 and are used by Visual Planning, are no longer part of Java 11.

What are the impacts for Visual Planning?

For existing users that are already running Java 8 on client workstations, no impact is foreseen. For existing users that are already running Java 8 on client workstations, no impact is foreseen.Stilog will be providing alternative options for users who do not want to use Java 8 anymore.

In its current implementation, Visual Planning needs Java Web Start and JavaFX to run properly. Therefore, existing versions of Visual Planning, such as Visual Planning 6 build 181107 and earlier, cannot be launched on a workstation running Java 11.

To remove the need for JAVA on client workstations, Stilog will be publishing a launcher for Visual Planning “VPDESK” that does not depend on a third-party desktop JRE. This new launcher will integrate and package OpenJDK, a secured, open source JRE that is fully compatible with Visual Planning. In practice, with this new launcher, Visual Planning users will no longer need to install and run Java on client workstations.To remove the need for JAVA on client workstations, Stilog will be publishing a launcher for Visual Planning “VPDESK” that does not depend on a third-party desktop JRE. This new launcher will integrate and package OpenJDK, a secured, open source JRE that is fully compatible with Visual Planning.

In practice, with this new launcher, Visual Planning users will no longer need to install and run Java on client workstations. OpenJDK is a stable open source technology, supported by a very wide and active community of developers, with frequent updates issued by third party providers to ensure upward compatibility and security.

The VPDESK launcher is available right now and is free of charge for all customers with a valid maintenance or hosting contract. It runs as an installation package for Windows (.msi file) and will facilitate mass deployment of Visual Planning on Windows operating systems. For MacOS, it is available as a mountable disk image (.dmg file). Stilog also intends to make the VPDESK launcher available on Microsoft Store and Apple’s App Store.

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If you have questions or are unsure of how this affects your use of Visual Planning, feel free to write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at +33 (0)1 47 29 99 69 (Europe) / (855) 589-9800 (United States).

 

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