Overview: As of our current Pentaho 8.3 release, 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.
|My JRE||Pentaho Version||Do I Need an Oracle Support Agreement?|
|Oracle Java 8||Currently Supported ||yes|
|Oracle Java 11||On the Road Map||yes|
|OpenJDK/JRE 8||8.2 & Upcoming||no|
|OpenJDK/JRE 11||On the Road Map||no|
 We have validated against Open JDK/JRE 8 and will be supporting OpenJDK 8 JRE starting with the next Pentaho release - going forward. If you are using another vendor's Open JRE and encounter a deficit, we will investigate and attempt to reproduce the issue on a supported JRE.
If we can reproduce the issue, we will work it as we would any other issue since it is not JRE-vendor specific. However, if we determine that the issue IS JRE-vendor specific, Hitachi Vantara will not support it. Instead, you will need to work with your JRE vendor to close that gap.
Please contact Support if you have any further questions.