Sun signs up five more hardware makers for Java

Sun Microsystems has signed up five more hardware makers in its quest to prevent Java from being shut out of the personal...

Sun Microsystems has signed up five more hardware makers in its quest to prevent Java from being shut out of the personal computer.

The company will announce deals with Acer, Gateway, Toshiba and Tsinghua Tongfang that will see the latest version of Java's virtual machine, called the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), installed on computers sold by the hardware makers.

Microsoft stopped distributing Java as part of its Windows XP operating system in February of this year, and its deal to ship Java with its other operating systems is set to expire in January, according to Rich Green, Sun's vice-president of developer platforms.

Earlier this year Sun began signing deals with hardware suppliers in an effort to prevent Java from disappearing from the PC space. Before this latest announcement, it already had deals with Apple Computer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lindows.com

Keeping Java on the PC desktop is important to its viability as a development platform, said Green.

"The developer community and consumers and websites are best served by having access to the latest versions of Java to build the best applications they can," he said.

More than half of the PC desktops and notebooks sold will now include the latest version of J2SE.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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