BEA partners with Red Hat

BEA Systems at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo on Tuesday plans to reveal details about the upcoming upgrade of its JRockit Java Virtual Machine for Linux on the Intel Corp. platform, in addition to discussing its intentions to support the JVM on the Red Hat Inc. Advanced Server OS, a BEA official said Monday.

Due to be available for free download at the end of August, JRockit 7.0 will feature further optimizations for the Intel architecture, said Bob Griswold, vice president and general manager for Java run-time products at BEA, in San Jose, Calif.

"It'll again be the fastest JVM for the Intel architecture, both 32-bit and 64-bit," Griswold said.

Version 7.0 highlights also include a management console and support for Intel's Itanium 2 architecture.

Both BEA and Red Hat will be distributing JRockit 7.0, Griswold said. BEA acquired JRockit when the company bought software developer Appeal Virtual Machines in February.

"You can run any Java application on Linux and Intel on top of JRockit," Griswold said.

BEA at the conference here also will highlight its embrace of Linux. "We find our customers [are] choosing to support Linux a lot more now," Griswold said. "It is a very strategic platform for us for both development and deployment," he said.

IBM, meanwhile, will resell the VA Software SourceForge Enterprise Edition collaborative development environment and will support it on the DB2 database under an agreement between the two companies to be announced at LinuxWorld on Tuesday. SourceForge also will be integrated with IBM's WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Application Developer Studio, and Tivoli management software.

SourceForge is a Web-based application for "development intelligence" that captures requirements for communications between developers, according to Ali Jenab, president and CEO of VA Software, in Fremont, Calif.

Additionally, SourceForge will be optimized for deployment on IBM's eServer xSeries Linux servers. SourceForge Enterprise Edition for DB2 is expected to ship at the end of the year.

In other news, VA subsidiary Open Source Development Network (OSDN), which serves as a news, collaboration, and distribution community for IT and open-source development, will run its site on DB2, OSDN will announce on Tuesday.

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