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IBM to Sun: Make Java Open-Source

Posted by editor on February 26, 2004 at 8:22 AM PST

CNet's is reporting today that IBM is urging Sun to make Java open-source. The article sources an open letter from Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging technology, to Rob Gingell, a Vice President and Sun Fellow at Sun — the letter has been publicly posted here.

In it, Smith replies to comments from Sun's Simon Phipps, who earlier in the month asked why IBM hadn't open-sourced its own Java implementation. Smith takes that to be an offer for the two companies to work together to open-source Java. The deal offered is this: IBM puts up its JVM implementation, Sun provides Java specs, tests, and code.

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