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NetworkWorld: Linux and Java: A natural fit

Mar 29, 2000, 18:35 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Just last month, Caldera's OpenLinux became the first commercial Linux distribution to ship with Java 2 Standard Edition, the core development and runtime environment needed to develop and run Java applications. This milestone for Linux is the result of efforts by Sun and Blackdown.org, a nonprofit organization made up of Linux and Java programmers that has been working on the Linux Java port for several years."

""Java is critical to Linux's enterprise future," says Cees de Groot, a Blackdown.org developer, "because Java will be a major component of enterprise back-end environments. Platforms without world-class Java support will not be able to survive long-term in the enterprise.""

"The open source nature of Linux and Java makes the two technologies a good fit for each other. De Groot says that Sun's efforts to become more open source-oriented were helpful in Blackdown's effort to port Java to Linux. Sun, he says, "is in a transition towards a more community-oriented company. They make mistakes as any large company in such a phase is bound to do, but generally I think that the experience of the Blackdown team is that they try very hard to cooperate.""

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