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
The first release of the Linux port of the Java 2 platform is available
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.