Overview: With the upcoming Pentaho version, we will be continuing support for Java 8 and beginning support for OpenJDK 8 JRE as an alternative to Java. We plan to support the Oracle Java Long Term Support (LTS) versions for future Pentaho releases.
Important: The next Oracle Java LTS version will be Java 11; commercial users will need a support agreement with Oracle. Additionally, the end of public updates for Java 8 for Commercial users is targeted for January 2019. To get updates after this date, a commercial support agreement with Oracle is needed.
Oracle has provided an updated Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap with details about changes to their release cycle. Here is a quick summary:
Details from Oracle can be found here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/tech/eol-135779.html
What does all this mean? To recap, either
- You intend to stay with Java 8 after January 2019 and want to get updates or
- You plan to upgrade to Java 11 once Pentaho supports it.
For both above options, you will need to obtain a support agreement with Oracle for Commercial users.
- Pentaho is continuing support for Java 8 for the next release and will begin support for OpenJDK 8 JRE at the same time.
 We will be supporting OpenJDK 8 JRE starting with the next Pentaho release and going forward.
Please contact Support if you have any further questions.