"Red Hat Inc is in discussions with Sun Microsystems Inc about
launching an open source version of Sun's Java environment,
according to Red Hat chairman and CEO Matthew Szulik.
"The Raleigh, North Carolina-based Linux distributor is also
lining up a slew of product launches including its new Red Hat
Linux Desktop operating system and new versions of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux and the Red Hat Network.
"Szulik said that Red Hat has been working for five years on
open source versions of Java technologies such as Just In Time
compilers and Java Virtual Machines in a clean room environment,
and has requested the sponsorship of Sun to go ahead with the
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