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CNET News.com: Sun aims at peer-to-peer search with acquisition

Mar 07, 2001, 21:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"Sun Microsystems gave a first indication Tuesday of plans for its new peer-to-peer initiative by buying a small start-up that is building a new kind of search engine."

"Sun gave the world an early glimpse of its new "Jxta" (pronounced Jux-ta) program last month, calling for help from the open-source community. Jxta, although still in the early stages, is designed to be a standard, open technology platform on which other peer-to-peer services can run."

"As a possible foundation for a wide array of Net-based services from Sun as well as other companies, the Jxta initiative was seen as potential competition for Microsoft's proprietary .Net Web services plans. Sun chief scientist Bill Joy said last month that Sun plans its own set of peer-to-peer services and wants the open-source software in place to make them possible."

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