Sun moves closer to open-source server software

Sun Microsystems apparently has moved a step closer to making its Java Enterprise System server software an open-source project.

President Jonathan Schwartz floated the open-source JES idea in January as the company launched its OpenSolaris operating system project. But in an interview published Tuesday by InformationWeek, Schwartz came closer to committing to the plan.

Schwartz suggested the second quarter of 2005 as a possible time for the move and said it would put pressure on IBM's proprietary competing WebSphere, Tivoli and Lotus products.

There are already open-source alternatives, however, including Novell's new Hula project, JBoss and a suite of programs from the Apache Software Foundation.

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