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Java on the front burner

Sun posts the source code for Java 2 while setting more flexible licensing, even as Microsoft takes comfort from a ruling in its court case with Sun.

Sun posted Java 2's "source code"--the blueprints of its "write once, run anywhere" technology--and set more flexible licensing terms, but observers say the Community Source License still allows the company to control intellectual property and trademark rights, the release process, and revenues.

Separately, the judge in Sun's licensing lawsuit against Microsoft ruled that a preliminary injunction against Microsoft does not prevent Redmond from developing or distributing independently produced technologies that are similar to Java, something that's been on the drawing board for at least four years. And Sun itself is planning to release a corporate-use version of Java called HotSpot by the end of April, but the company won't be alone.

Sun posts Java 2
Sun Microsystems exposes the inner workings for all to see and sets new, more flexible licensing terms, but retains tight control over the programming language.

Microsoft buoyed by Java ruling
update Along with earlier court briefs, the largely expected ruling may indicate Microsoft's future strategy for competing against Java.

HotSpot finally makes its mark
update Sun will release a souped-up, paid-for Java virtual machine called HotSpot at the end of April, but the company won't be alone.