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CNET News: Sun to Fund Open-Source Java Efforts

Aug 14, 2002, 14:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

" Sun on Tuesday announced a $3 million scholarship program to help software developers build open-source implementations of Java standards. The money is aimed at helping programmers pay for Sun's technical support services as they undergo Sun's stringent Java compatibility tests, said Glen Martin, a Sun senior marketing manager. The program is expected to help fund 30 development efforts a year for three years, he said.

"The new scholarship stems from a spat Sun had earlier this year with key a open-source group called the Apache Software Foundation, which accused Sun of making it difficult for open-source groups to participate in the Java Community Process by which Sun and others govern the future of Java. 'Open source' means every software developer can view the source code for software, modify it, and use it for free.

"Sun, however, has resolved most, if not all, of the open-source community's concerns. Under an agreement hashed out in March, Sun is permitting open-source implementations of Java standards..."

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