Home > Oracle and SUN > IBM backs Sun’s Solaris, Renews Java Pact IBM backs Sun’s Solaris, Renews Java Pact Submitted by Eugenia 2005-06-28 Oracle and SUN 10 Comments Sun Microsystems and IBM announced partnerships around Sun’s Solaris operating system and its Java software on Monday, a sign that Sun is taking a less adversarial approach to relations with its computing industry rivals. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 10 Comments 2005-06-28 3:11 am This is just one more big ISV for Solaris x86. In the article, IBM cited customer demand for the reason to do the ports. That says a lot about the momentum Sun has gained this year. 2005-06-28 4:16 am Just another day of business blackmailing… Who here doesn’t see that IBM’s ability for a renewal of Java License and also to continue to use Java depends on their ‘agreement’ to port all their software to Solaris. 2005-06-28 4:24 am Kudos to Sun. The ends justify the means. We wouldn’t want poor little IBM to be forced by big bad Sun to port their SW to Solaris, sniff 2005-06-28 4:56 am I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read: “This is one step forward as we continue to open-source all of Sun’s software assets,” Schwartz said. “It’s good for business. It’s also good for the world.” And: “Sun plans to release Java under the same license that governs OpenSolaris: the Community Development and Distribution License. “You will see us prefer to use the CDDL for many of the Java components,” said John Loiacono, Sun’s executive vice president of software. “We’re not opposed to using the GPL or BSD (licenses), but we chose CDDL for a variety of reasons. We believe it’s the most flexible and appropriate for allowing you, the developer community, to intermingle code. It also allows for patent protection and full indemnification.” Sure, it’s not the GPL, but it sounds like Sun is finally letting up and on the road to releasing all of Java open-source! This is great news… If it all pans out, it will prevent a lot of work from being duplicated and provide a solid alternative to Mono (which just hit a huge roadblock with Microsoft saying that they would block development of OSS Avalon and Indigo subsystems). 2005-06-28 6:13 am I thought the bit at the end rather interesting: “Sun also made a more superficial change to Java on Monday. As expected, it dropped the “2” in its Java 2 Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition and Mobile Edition versions. Future versions of those products will be called Java EE, Java SE and Java ME, respectively.” Small thing I know, but it’s about time I say… 2005-06-28 7:06 am This is just one more big ISV for Solaris x86. In the article, IBM cited customer demand for the reason to do the ports. That says a lot about the momentum Sun has gained this year. Something even better; revenue growth is back; from what Scott told the latest interview, they’re growing, and they’ll pull in a profit this year – which is nice (just a side issue; I guess all those strong-dollar proponents are now eating humble pie, now that American companies are more competitive with their overseas counterparts thanks to the weak dollar). 2005-06-28 7:23 am …and you can see the beginning of a great story for Solaris x86. 2005-06-28 9:06 am You did some selective quoting there. “Many parts of Java, however, including the forthcoming “Mustang” version for desktop computers, remain covered by restrictive licenses. “ 2005-06-28 1:35 pm And the majority of us Java developers say “so what!”. 2005-06-28 2:52 pm “Sure, it’s not the GPL, but it sounds like Sun is finally letting up and on the road to releasing all of Java open-source! This is great news… If it all pans out, it will prevent a lot of work from being duplicated” Bzzzt! Wrong answer. Unless Java is released under the GPL the duplicate work will continue. The CDDL is incompatible with the GPL and since the main reason the duplicate work is happening is so that a “free” version of java can be delivered with linux distributions the work will most likely continue.