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SRO: Sun Eliminates Some Royalties On Java

Dec 07, 1999, 21:19 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"Sun Microsystems took another step toward making Java free Monday, announcing that developers who ship products based on Sun's source code will no longer have to pay royalties to Sun."

"Sun's move applies only to Java 2 Standard Edition and its compiler--developers must still negotiate terms for shipping products based on Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition and Micro Edition, which are due out next year. Developers must also still pay to pass Sun's compatibility tests and to use Sun's engineering support services. However, Sun VP George Paolini said Sun is looking at ways to make the compatibility tests cheaper."

"In a keynote at Sun's Java Business Conference in New York, Sun CEO Scott McNealy said Sun, "will continue to refine Sun's open licensing model in interesting ways." He also asked for feedback from developers on the best way to move Java forward, claiming Sun has a track record of being "open, inclusive and participatory."

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