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CNET News.com: Sun enlists peer-to-peer in war against Microsoft

Feb 15, 2001, 21:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Sun Microsystems unveiled Thursday a project designed to undermine Microsoft's power and make its own software the center of one of the Net's most dynamic new movements."

"The software, called Jxta and pronounced "juxta," is Sun's contribution to the much-hyped "peer-to-peer" technology made famous by file-swapping programs such as Napster...."

"Sun hopes to enlist one of Microsoft's worst foes, the open-source community, in the Jxta effort. Jxta will be open-source software, meaning that anyone can modify and redistribute the software without restriction. The open-source community has challenged not just Microsoft but also Sun with successes such as the Linux operating system and the Apache Web server."

"What's in it for Sun is a peer-to-peer infrastructure on which higher-level commercial applications can operate, Joy said."

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