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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get it?
This product has reached end-of-life and is no longer generally available. For organizations which need to support a legacy OS/2 install base, it can be made available on an as-is, exception basis. Please contact Golden Code Development directly to arrange licensing.

Previous versions of this product were free. Why are you charging a license fee starting with 1.4.1_07?
This is being done to ensure that the OS/2® community has the opportunity to fund the continued development and support of this important technology on OS/2. The cost of the Sun license itself is substantial. In addition, we must staff a team of developers and testers. We are constantly hearing of people disturbed by the lack of quality OS/2 software or concerned about vendors leaving the OS/2 market. In this case, we are doing our best to continue supporting OS/2, however it is a costly proposition. If OS/2 users are getting value from this work, then hopefully they are willing to help fund it.

Is there any special upgrade pricing for registered users of previous versions?
Because previous versions were distributed at no charge, we are not offering any discounted upgrade pricing to move to the latest version. The latest release is the most stable and most feature-complete version of this product that we have offered to date. In addition to many defect fixes, there are a number of new features in this release, so we believe it is worth the price of upgrading.

What about student pricing?
There is no special pricing for students at this time.

Are future updates included in the license fee?
Maintenance updates within the same version of the codebase (i.e., 1.4.1) are included. Point-to-point (e.g. 1.4.1 to 1.4.2) and version-to-version (e.g., 1.4 to 1.5/5.0) updates are not. Customers who have purchased a product license will automatically be notified when maintenance updates are available.

Why don't you offer a J2SE(TM) 1.4.2?
The main reason is that we simply have not had enough customer demand for 1.4.2 to justify the port. We already have a very stable, high performance port in our 1.4.1 version. All Java programs that run in 1.4.2 also run in 1.4.1. Although there are bug fixes in Sun's 1.4.2 codebase, we have had reports from several customers that new bugs introduced in 1.4.2 have prevented them from running their applications in that environment, so they need to use 1.4.1. We have not had any reports of the opposite situation. Though there are performance advantages to using 1.4.2 on other platforms, our 1.4.1 port outperforms any other 1.4.x JVM available for the OS/2 platform. That being said, if there is sufficient customer demand, we would be happy to make the port.

What is your policy with regard to J2SE 5 and beyond?
Customer demand and funding will determine whether we move our port forward to and beyond J2SE 5.