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internetnews.com: Sun Opens Up Desktop Code

Jun 28, 2004, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Singer)

"Sun Microsystems decided to succumb to peer pressure and open source Java...sort of.

"In conjunction with its annual JavaOne Conference, Sun said it is contributing its next generation desktop software, Project Looking Glass and corresponding Java 3D application program interface, to the open source community. NASA recently used the Java 3D API for its command and control system for the Mars Rover mission.

"The network computer maker has been inundated with requests to publicly post the source code of the popular programming language under the same or similar General Public License model as Linux. While the Java code is readily available, noted Java guru and Sun CTO James Gosling told internetnews.com last week that Sun will not open up the full Java code at this time. The company debates the issue every few years but has not come up with a plan that Gosling said would 'balance everybody's concerns...'"

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