Sun is delivering two of its Java 2 platforms on Linux, further
extending Java technology's ubiquity across all major platforms.
Specifically, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) v 1.2.1 and
the fastest client side Java platform to date, Java 2 Standard Edition
(J2SE) v 1.3, are shipping and are available in beta for Linux.
In addition to its own delivery of Java 2 for Linux, Sun
also announced a new distribution agreement that will deliver Java and
Linux together to developers. MandrakeSoft will redistribute
Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) v 1.2.2 for Linux.
The delivery of the Java 2 platform on Linux enables Linux developers
to write and deploy innovative enterprise applications, based upon
Java, to Linux systems.
"Linux developers are keenly aware that Java technology delivers the
powerful and productive programming environment they require:
cross-platform deployment and secure, robust features. Therefore, we
focus large attention toward ensuring the Java 2 platform reaches Linux
developers," said Rich Green, Sun's vice president of Java Software
Development. "Our agreement with MandrakeSoft
will complement our existing distribution strategy. This, along with
our own delivery of Java ports for Linux, illustrates how serious we
are about keeping Java technology alive and well across all major
Java 2 Enterprise Edition on Linux
Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) v 1.2.1, now available on Linux,
enables businesses to protect and leverage existing infrastructure
investments by linking existing enterprise systems with new web-based
applications. J2EE greatly simplifies enterprise application
development, providing customers with faster time to market and the
freedom to choose among best-of-breed, compatible enterprise solutions.
Two core components of J2EE, Enterprise JavaBeans
architecture and JavaServer Pages, are widely adopted and
industry tested. These technologies, along with the port for eXtensible
Markup Language (XML), extend Java computing into the
enterprise-class arena. J2EE v 1.2.1 is also available on
Solaris 7 and 8 and Windows NT and 2000.
J2EE has already been licensed by over a dozen companies,
including BEA, Oracle and Art Technology Group.
Java 2 Standard Edition on Linux
Sun's fastest client-side Java platform to date, J2SE version 1.3,
includes a port to Linux currently in beta stage. J2SE v 1.3
for Linux also includes both the Java HotSpot Client VM and Java
HotSpot Server VM. When compared to the initial release of J2SE for
Linux, version 1.3 is expected to dramatically improve performance in
several areas: startup time, memory footprint, and overall usability.
The improved performance is due in part to the new Java HotSpot Virtual
Machines as well as library tuning throughout the platform,
particularly in the Java Foundation Classes. J2SE v 1.3 for
Linux is expected to ship later this year. Sun began shipping a Linux
version of J2SE, version 1.2.2, in February of this year.
This Linux version of J2SE incorporates significant
contributions from Blackdown, a non-profit organization of Java
technology and Linux developers.
J2SE for Linux is freely available via download for individual use:
The associated Java runtime environment for Linux, which enables users
to run Java-based applications, is freely redistributeable
per the terms of the license.
Source code is also available through Sun's Community Source Licensing
Furthering its commitment to work with the Java community on future
Java software development, Sun also submitted the next versions of Java
2 Enterprise Edition v. 1.3 and Java 2 Standard
Edition v 1.4 to the Java Community Process Program in February.
Expanded Distribution: Java Technology and Linux
An agreement between Sun and MandrakeSoft will result in the
distribution of Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) v
1.2.2 for Linux, providing developers additional opportunities to
combine the power of Java with the popular operating
Sun and Caldera Systems announced in February that
Caldera began shipping J2SE technology v 1.2.2 and
plans to ship Java HotSpot Client and Server Virtual Machines to its
enterprise-focused Linux developer community later this year. Caldera
is the first commercial Linux distribution vendor to license Java
technology source code from Sun.
Through these distribution agreements Sun, MandrakeSoft, and Caldera
Systems are providing the most current Java technology to the Linux
community. The union of the Java 2 platform with Linux greatly expands
the pool of enterprise applications available to Linux developers, and
it immediately enables Linux end-users to take advantage of thousands
of Java-based applications. The Java 2 platform is the
feature complete, stable, secure platform for network-centric
"We are very proud to ship Java technology with our new Linux-Mandrake
7.1. We have included the Java 2 Platform SDK, Standard Edition because
it provides Linux developers and users with a thriving technology. At a
moment when Linux is gaining more and more acceptance in the market
place, this state-of-the-art technology package enables users,
developers, and enterprises access to a large number of high-end
applications and tools," said Jacques Le Marois, President of
Linux joins numerous other existing operating systems that support the
Java 2 platform, including operating systems from Sun, IBM, Compaq, HP,
Microsoft, Apple, Novell, SCO, and BE.
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