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The Register: After Java and Jini, Bill Joy unveils the Third J - 'Juxtapose'

Feb 16, 2001, 15:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Bill Joy unveiled an open source Peer to Peer initiative that he described as the third part of the J trilogy. Project Juxtapose will unveil rudimentary tools and protocols for transferring information between nodes, for grouping nodes "so it's not all one flat space", for monitoring traffic, and for security."

"Juxta is what we think are primitives for doing apps in P2P or distributed fashion," said Joy, who said it had been a research project at Sun for several months. The first of these areas would provide pipes between participating machines, stdin and stdout in C terms, but with the promise of "an unlimited process table". A "crufty" implementation would be released in April, he promised."

"Software and specifications will be released under the Apache license, similar to the BSD license Joy himself helped write in pre-Sun days."

"Unlike Microsoft we're not trying do something infinitely complex like .NET. They have all that legacy. But a Linux node is more complicated than what we think the node will be," he said, suggesting that thin clients such as smartphones were as much the target device as today's PCs and workstations."

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