Free Java

13 11 2006

Sun Makes Java a Free, Open-Source Platform

By Christopher Lawton and Don Clark

Word Count: 757  |  Companies Featured in This Article: Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, International Business Machines, Hewlett-Packard

Sun Microsystems Inc. has decided to make its Java software available on an open-source basis, part of the company’s effort to keep current with a technology trend that has changed how programs are written and distributed. The computer maker, significantly, plans to use a licensing scheme that open-source proponents favor. The move by Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., could make it easier for Java to be distributed along with the Linux operating system and other popular open-source products.

Java is a programming language widely used in electronics, including for smart cards and cellphones. But the software has been eclipsed for …

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