Sun Goes Open Source with Globalization Code

Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced plans to release the internationalization source code for its Solaris operating system to open-source software developers.

The open source code will make it easy for developers to create applications running in multiple national languages under Unix and Linux, Sun said. Until now, programmers had to write separate code for each language they wanted to support in an application.

In a statement Tuesday, the company said it will release the code on Sept. 15 to X.org, the nonprofit consortium on X Window System operating standards, under the X license. Under this license, programmers are free to use the code in any way they desire, without restriction.

Solaris, the company said, provides support for 37 languages, including those involving Complex Text Layout such as Arabic, Hebrew and Thai.

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