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SOURCE CODE FOR THE JAVA(TM) 2 PLATFORM

 
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I got it from SUN 20 minutes ago.

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Key Messages:
* Sun has posted the source code for the Java 2 Platform under the
Community Source Licensing program. Now licensing the Java 2 platform
is as easy as point-and-click.
* This is the first phase of the Community Source Licensing program for
Java technologies. We believe this will create a community of
companies committed to Java compatibility working together to evolve
the platform far more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.
* Sun's Community Source License is a hybrid that takes the best of the
open source model creating a community of developers working together
to evolve a technology base and combines it with the best of the Java
licensing model which has been all about preserving compatibility.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Elizabeth McNichols
(408) 343-1684
elizabeth.mcnichols@sun.com


SUN RELEASES SOURCE CODE FOR THE JAVA(TM) 2 PLATFORM
More Flexible Licensing Terms Mark New Program; Encouraging
Community Participation in Platform Evolution

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- February 24, 1999 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
announced that the Java(TM) 2 platform source code is available for
immediate download on the website http://www.sun.com/software/communitysource.
The source code release is the first phase in the Java technology
Community Source Licensing program. This new licensing model is based
on a set of principles outlined by Sun and is intended to provide for
easier access to source code, increased and more rapid innovation, and
faster commercialization of products based on the source technology.
"Now licensing the Java 2 platform is as easy as point-and-click. All
you have to do is go to our website, read the license and click
'accept'. Instantly you are a licensee and can download the source code
to the Java 2 platform free of charge," said Dr. Alan Baratz, president
of Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We believe this is the
right model to use; taking advantage of the best of the 'Open Source'
model while preserving the Java platform's core value proposition,
cross-platform compatibility."
Sun's Community Source License for the Java 2 platform encourages the
licensing community to work together to evolve the platform and commit
to delivering compatible implementations. The Java 2 Community Source
License:
- Allows licensees to use and modify the source code for commercial
software product development without charge.
- Allows changes to the source code without requiring that innovation
be returned to Sun.
- Allows licensees to modify and share source code with other licensees
without charge and without mediation from Sun.
The Java Runtime Environment binary is still available to software
programmers and developers for incorporation into their products and
applications free of charge.
Sun will continue to charge royalties to licensees who modify the
source code and create derivative products for either production use
within their organizations or for commercial distribution, and fees to
service organizations that use the source code as the basis for a
commercial support or consulting contracts. Upfront licensing fees
have been eliminated and per unit royalties are incurred only when a
product is shipped for resale or internal usage.
For additional information on Sun's Community Source Licensing model,
see http://www.sun.com/software/communitysource.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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Computer(TM)", has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), to
its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software
and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding
the power of the Internet. With more than $10 billion in annual
revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World
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The only thing to be afraid of : if sources are open(?) now, can it be the beginning of the end for JAVA ? I hope not...

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With best of best regards, Pawel S. Veselov ( aka Black Angel )

 
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Can you describe how it could be the beginning of the end for Java?
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It can be not very easy to explain, since English is not my native language, but I'll try.
Actually, I am afraid that SUN just understood, that now it is not profitly enough to hold the sources. This can be indexed as SUN just will loose their control over JAVA. But. People should earn their money, so companies (including SUN) will fight for something new, better, that can bring good incomings, targeting to depose JAVA from the position it takes now. I just hope this will not be just 'business', and this new thing to come will be really good.
So if sources are released, JAVA is going to be non-commercial.
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With best of best regards, Pawel S. Veselov ( aka Black Angel )

 
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As the book titled, "Not Just Java" would back up, Java is an enabling technology.
Sun does not want to make money from Java, but from what Java acceptance enables Sun to do; free the world from the Microsoft monopoly and sell Sun machines with Sun operating systems.

This is the reason IBM and many other companies care about the success of Java. Java enables them to sell more.
Since Microsoft has a bad habit of not releasing operating system APIs until it has created its software first, Java is a great thing. The Java APIs are public knowledge. All of Microsofts operating system APIs are not public knowledge.
Go buy/borrow the book called "Not Just Java (2nd edition) and you will understand.
ISBN: 0130796603

 
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