Sun Microsystems has signed a series of deals with hardware manufacturers in a bid to prevent Java being dropped from PCs.
Sun executives believe keeping Java on the PC is crucial to maintaining the language’s success as a development platform.
In February, Microsoft stopped distributing Java as part of the Windows XP operating system, and deals to ship Java with other Microsoft operating systems are due to expire in January 2004.
However, last week Sun signed agreements with Acer, Gateway, Toshiba and China’s Tsinghua Tongfang to install Java 2 Standard Edition on computers they sell. Sun already had deals with Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lindows.com. It said the agreements will give it access to more than 50% of the PC market.