"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."