Inprise Licenses IBM Java

Looking to extend Java technology to its Linux customer base, Inprise/Borland announced at the LinuxWorld Expo this week that it is licensing Java technology from IBM, rather than from Sun Microsystems.

Specifically, Inprise will have access to the IBM Developer Kit for Linux, Java 2 Technology Edition 1.3. According to Tony de la Lama, vice president of Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Inprise's Java products group, this is the first time a company other than Sun has allowed a licensing of its Java run time.

"We got tired of waiting for Sun to run it on Linux," he said.

Lama said that Inprise wanted to offer Linux users Java technologies such as Enterprise JavaBeans, Java Server Pages, and Java servlets.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM's kit enables Borland JBuilder, Inprise Application Server, and VisiBroker users to build and deploy applications for Linux using Java technology.

Inprise customers will also be able to use IBM technology such as a just-in-time compiler and re-engineered Java 2 virtual machine.

The technology Inprise licensed from IBM only works for Linux. For Windows and Solaris, Inprise will continue to use Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun's Java, according to Lama.

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