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Inprise, Sun Microsystems Deliver Java 2 For Linux

Inprise Corp. joined Sun Microsystems' product roll-out rampage Tuesday by co-producing a Linux version of the Java 2 Platform, Sun's most current programming language.

The deal enables programmers to develop and run applications based on the Java 2 platform and deploy them on Linux workstations and servers, as well as simplify moving existing Java applications to the Linux operating system.

Earlier this year, Inprise (INPR) introduced a free download of the beta JBuilder Just-In-Time compiler for Linux. Sun (SUNW) is licensing the JIT from Inprise to complete the Java 2 Software Development Kit necessary for running high-performance Java applications on the Linux system.

"Inprise was one of the only companies to have the unique performance technology on Linux that helped us to bring the Java 2 platform to the Linux operating system. Together, we executed on developers' requests to marry the Linux open source operating system with a world-class development environment -- the Java 2 platform," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager, Java platform, software products and platforms, Sun Microsystems.

The first release of the Linux port of the Java 2 platform is available immediately here and will be included in Inprise's integrated development environment, JBuilder. Sun and Inprise plan to ship the final version of the Linux port in early 2000.

Inprise Corp. is a leading provider of Internet-enabling software and services that reduce the complexity of application development for corporations and individual programmers.

The roll-out marked a progression in what is already a busy week for powerhouse Sun Microsystems and its Alliance. Sun-Netscape Monday released iPlanet Application Server 6.0, a tool to help companies develop large e-commerce sites. It also launched its BillerXpert bill payment product family, which allows people to pay their bills over the Internet.