Sun Microsystems has announced the release of a series of Java technologies to the open source community.
The company says its move has delivered a completely open service oriented architecture platform. It forms part of Sun’s plans to open source all its middleware.
But the company is still holding back from making Java an entirely open source platform.
Sun will put its Java Studio Creator and Java System Portal Server into the open source realm, along with the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) Engine from its Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS), the NetBeans Enterprise Pack, the Java Message System-based message queue and Web Services Interoperability Technology.
Sun’s executive vice president for software, Rich Green, said, “This announcement represents the next phase of open sourcing Sun's Java software portfolio.
“What was started last year with the enterprise Java platform, has now become a complete solution for SOA development through this release of technologies like portal server, the BPEL engine and our development tools.”
The company has also announced that distributors of the open source GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris operating systems will now be able to redistribute Java Platform, Standard Edition 5 under new licensing arrangements.