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Sun offers Linux easier Java licensing terms

Sun Microsystems is to alter its licensing arrangements to make it easier to bundle the Java Runtime Environment with Linux, to promote the use of Java applications in open source environments.

Sun is to modify its terms to be more favourable to open source operating systems, including Linux and OpenSolaris.

PCs need to have Java Runtime Environment (JRE) loaded in order to run Java applications. JRE is typically downloaded separately onto a PC, rather than being included with an operating system.

The new JRE and Linux bundle will be aimed at software distributors and developers.

Sun has steadfastly refused to make Java an open source platform, mainly because it is a rapidly growing revenue stream.

The company is set to make the JRE/Linux announcement at its JavaOne conference in the US on 16 May.


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