Sun Microsystems has posted the code of the next version of the Java desktop system on its website.
Sun’s open-source development move is designed to get more third parties involved in the development of Java 6 (codenamed "Mustang"), which is expected to make an appearance next year.
To facilitate this, Sun has released the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 6.0 code, as part of its attempt to convince developers that it is committed to the open-source path with its own products.
"Becoming more open is one of the explicit themes for J2SE 6.0. By that we mean making it easier for external developers to both know what is going on in Mustang and to actually impact on the release," said Graham Hamilton, a member of Sun’s Java platform team.