Sun Microsystems has moved one step closer to certifying an open-source application server as J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) compatible.
The company has awarded a scholarship worth several hundred thousand dollars to the ObjectWeb Consortium, a non-profit organisation, so that it can begin certification testing on its JOnAS (Java Open Application Server) software, said Onno Kluyt, director of Sun's Java community process program management office.
Sun established the scholarship programme in August 2002 as a way of encouraging open-source Java development.
The company has committed $3m in software and support services to the programme over three years, with a goal of helping 30 open-source projects a year to achieve Java certification.
ObjectWeb is the first organisation to receive a scholarship to certify a J2EE server, Kluyt said.
Sun is now in negotiations with ObjectWeb to work out the details of the certification process, which requires a great deal of engineering work, some of which will be supported by Sun engineers as part of the scholarship grant. This process could take several months.
ObjectWeb was founded in 2002 to foster the development of a wide range of open source middleware, including JOnAS.
The scholarship award is the second major accomplishment for ObjectWeb in the past two months. In August, Linux supplier Red Hat announced plans to bundle JOnAS as part of its Red Hat Advanced Server product by the end of the year.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service