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Sun to Release Java Source Code for Forte

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week unveiled its plans to release the source code to Forte for Java, Community Edition 1.0, its cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) for Java technology.

Sun (SUNW) said the decision, illustrates the company's commitment to open source technologies and marks the first step in a major new Sun initiative to make Java tools and components available more broadly to drive innovation.

Forte for Java, Community Edition will form the foundation of Sun's new Java technology-based open tools framework. This framework will support the entire development life cycle, improve reliability through reuse, eliminate vendor lock-in, and dramatically cut costs and time to market.

Forte for Java, Community Edition 1.0 will be made available under the Mozilla public licensing model.

The Forte for Java, Community Edition 1.0 binary product is Sun's attempt to provide an integrated, extensible, cross-platform development environment for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition. It seeks to deliver integrated visual design, editing, compilation and debugging capabilities for development within the Solaris operating environment, Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms.

Forte for Java, Community Edition claims more than 200,000 downloads to date. The product is can be downloaded for free from Sun Microsystems' site.

The binary code for the product is slated for release by the end of March. The source code is scheduled for availability within the next 90 days.



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