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Java license for commericial use

Umer Member Posts: 746
Dear all
I hope i find a correct place to ask my question.
I want to know that, if java is an open source and free to use language, then why we need a its license for its commercial use ???
Also please explain the steps and the procedure of getting the license ...


  • Kayaman
    Kayaman Member Posts: 3,844 Silver Trophy
    You don't need a licence to use Java commercially.
  • Umer
    Umer Member Posts: 746
    Thank yo for your reply. do you have personal experience using java commercially without any licensing ??
  • EJP
    EJP Member Posts: 32,920 Gold Crown
    edited Jun 18, 2011 6:15AM
    Everybody does. I've been doing it for 14 years. See here for more information.
  • 75407
    75407 Member Posts: 2,237
    edited Jun 18, 2011 6:36AM
    This isn't really my scene .... but may I suggest:

    Java is run through what I call an interpreter, and I think the correct term is Java Virtual Machine together with a set of libraries (may also be termed platform).
    Many such are available under the usual standard freeare licences. Other may recommend support for patches,_Standard_Edition

    However in practice many Commercial Java programs will need to run on a J2EE application Server; which may need licenses:

    Such J2EE application servers include weblogic, websphere and JBoss

    Larry would like you to buy here: .... choose Fusion Middleware
  • 870083
    870083 Member Posts: 30
    I've never known a programming language itself to need any licencing but maybe the software around it.
    To sum it up, Java's virtual machines and compilers etc. (except ME) are open source.
    Then theres development IDE's such as Netbeans (which is also open source).
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