After Oracle quits and changes licenses, Red Hat announced that it will take over the maintenance of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11, providing bug fixes and security patches for older versions of these two OpenJDK. Oracle released JDK 8 and JDK 11 in March 2014 and September 2018 respectively. Two OpenJDK versions of Red Hat Takeover Maintenance are the basis for two long-term supported versions of Java.
Previously, Red Hat has taken over the experience of maintaining OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7 projects. This takeover maintenance will follow similar project management experience and work with the community to achieve continuous innovation in Java. For OpenJDK 9 and OpenJDK 10, these two versions are released shortly and have only a six-month support period, and Red Hat has no plans to take over.
Since 2007, Red Hat has been a member of the OpenJDK community and one of the largest contributors to the community. Red Hat’s Java technical lead has been the project lead for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 since February 2019 and has been an active member of the OpenJDK Management Committee for seven years.