Java and Linux have drawn closer together with both Sun Microsystems and Inprise/Borland making moves to increase the uptake of this combination of technologies.
Sun has announced two new agreements that promise to expand the distribution of Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) on Linux platforms.
SuSE and TurboLinux agreed to distribute the J2SE platform to Linux customers. The announcements expand on similar agreements that Sun has made with MandrakeSoft and Caldera Systems.
For its part, Inprise announced it is licensing IBM's Developer Kit for Linux, the Java 2 Technology Edition 1.3.
According to Tony de la Lama, vice president of Inprise's Java products group, Inprise picked IBM's developers kit instead of Sun's because Sun's kit has lagged behind IBM's, despite Sun's efforts to make Java on Linux more widely available.