2/23/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator of Java technology, announced growing momentum in the Java Web services development arena with the milestone of 400,000 downloads of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4 Software Development Kit (SDK). This accomplishment for the Java technology community is marked with licensing the J2EE Specification and Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) to ObjectWeb under Sun's new license terms friendly to non-profit and open source projects. The ObjectWeb Consortium is demonstrating its commitment to the compatible J2EE technology industry, a key value proposition for the IT industry, by joining the Apache Software Foundation and the JBoss Group, which were the first open source organizations to license the J2EE 1.4 platform specification and CTS.
"With more than four million downloads and over 30 licensees, the J2EE platform and Software Developer Kit (SDK) are well established as the popular choice and premier platform for Java and Web services development," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems. "The rocketing momentum is being maintained with more than 400,000 downloads of Sun's free J2EE 1.4 Application Server and broad adoption of J2EE compatibility in the open source community."
ObjectWeb Consortium Licenses J2EE 1.4 Specification and CTS The ObjectWeb Consortium is taking advantage of open source license terms for the J2EE 1.4 platform specification that Sun is making available for non-profit and open source projects by licensing the J2EE platform specification and CTS. This will bring the benefits of Java technology compatibility to the organization's open source community for development and deployment through its JOnAS Application Server.
Taken together with previous open source licensees, the Apache Software Foundation and JBoss Group, this cements the position of the J2EE platform as the premier platform for Web services in the open source community, just as it has become so widely adopted in the rest of the middleware market.
The licensing provisions permitting open source vendors to access the technology were introduced by the Java Community Process (JCP) through the JCP 2.5 process document. They require that all Java technology specifications allow for development and distribution of compatible independent implementations, make specification products available separately and offer Technology Compatibility Kits (TCK) free of charge to qualified non-profits, educational organizations and individuals. This will lead to increased adoption of Java technology through a broader community of developers and will further popularize this premier software platform.
"The ObjectWeb consortium is pleased to take advantage of Sun's open-source friendly licensing terms through the Compatibility Scholarship Program," said Christophe Ney, president of the ObjectWeb consortium Executive Committee. "The grant of Sun's support extended to us at no charge will be of great help to certify the full compatibility of the JOnAS application server with the J2EE Specifications. This is very important to our community of enterprise developers and users. It will consolidate the position of JOnAS as a keystone of our open-source ecosystem."
Complete information regarding Sun's Compatibility Testing Scholarship Program can be found at http//java.sun.com/scholarship/. For more information about J2EE or to download the J2EE 1.4 SDK, visit http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/. Developers can prepare for exciting new Java technologies at the upcoming JavaOne 2004 Conference, the world's largest Java developer gathering, scheduled for the week of June 28, 2004. Registration information is available at java.sun.com/javaone. To join the Sun Developer Network program and subscribe to services, participate in forums and receive the most up-to-date developer information on Java, Solaris and Sun's software technologies, visit sun.com/developers.
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