Sun Microsystems is releasing its latest Jini developer toolkit under the Apache open-source licence to spread the technology’s development.
Released in 1999, Jini was originally designed as a way for connected devices to easily find each other on a network and also to use Sun's Java software.
Sun says some companies have been using Jini to support grid computing and clustered server set-ups. Sun also uses Jini to support its radio frequency identification (RFID) customer offerings.
It is now planned to make the Jini Technology Starter Kit version 2.0 available under the Apache License 2.0, as a way to speed Jini’s development in the wider open-source community.
The move is part of a wider strategy, whereby Sun will eventually make all its software open-source. Its main operating system, Solaris, was made open-source earlier this year.