"Sun Microsystems will release a free version of its Java
application server next week, a move designed to encourage more
developers to build programs on the software foundation.
"Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Sun's software
unit, told reporters on Thursday that is ready to deliver Java
System Application Server 8, the first server software to comply
with version 1.4 of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) . That
compatibility with the update of Sun's Java software is meant to
make it easier for developers to create applications that work with
Web services standards.
"Previously, Sun charged $2,000 per processor for the
application server, which is used to run custom-written Java
applications. It will continue to levy an extra charge for add-ons,
such as administration and fail-over features..."
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