Jini goes open source

Sun Microsystems is releasing its Jini developer toolkit under an Apache open source licence.

Sun Microsystems is releasing its Jini developer toolkit under an Apache open source licence.

Jini, which was released in 1999, helps connected devices find each other on a network and enables them to use Sun's Java software.

It is designed to help users run distributed systems based on the concept of dynamic networking. The technology offers self-healing and self-management functions to improve system avail- ability, enhance flexibility and potentially lower software costs.

Sun said some companies have been using Jini to support grid computing and clustered server set-ups. It can also be used to support RFID systems.

The Jini Technology Starter Kit version 2.0 is being made available under the Apache Licence 2.0 as a way to speed Jini's development in the open source community. The move is part of Sun's wider strategy of eventually making all its software open source.

 

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