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CNET News: IBM Urges Sun to Make Java Open Source

Feb 26, 2004, 14:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin LaMonica)

"IBM on Wednesday sent an open letter to Sun Microsystems, urging the company to make Java technology open source, CNET News.com has learned.

"In a letter sent by Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging technology, IBM offered to work with Sun to create a project that would shepherd development of Java through an open-source development model. If implemented, portions of Sun's most valuable software asset--Java--would be freely available, and contributors ranging from volunteer programmers to large corporations would submit changes to the Java software.

"'Sun's strong commitment to open-source Java would speed the development of a first-class and compatible open-source Java implementation to the benefit of our customers and our industry,' Smith wrote to Rob Gingell, a Sun vice president. 'We are firmly convinced the open source community would rally around this effort...'"

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