Sun Microsystems is to offer free access to its Java server suite and management software, which it is bundling with its Solaris operating system.
The free software comprises the Java Enterprise System server middleware, Java development tools and the N1 management software. Access to the free products will be via Sun’s Community Development and Distribution License
However, users will be charged for support for the products.
The free software will be used to create the Solaris Enterprise System. This will include Sun’s Solaris 10 operating system, the PostgreSQL open-source database, the Java Enterprise System server software and tools, Sun N1 provisioning and management tools, and Secure Desktop software.
The package competes with similar offerings from companies including IBM, Microsoft, BEA Systems, Oracle and the open-source JBoss solution.
Sun has not announced plans to release the core part of Java, the Java Standard Edition. It has said in the past that its policy is to eventually release all of its software under open-source arrangements.