IBM Extends Java License with Sun
IBM extends its Java license through 2016 and agrees to support its middleware on Sun's Solaris OS.SAN FRANCISCOIBMs decision to expand its Java license and to support its middleware on the Solaris operating system is a coup for Sun Microsystems Inc., Sun said at JavaOne here Monday. "Weve had a little bit of a chill in our relationship with IBM, and IBM has been there from the start," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer of Sun, regarding his companys history with IBM over Java. "And were working to better our relationship with people weve had issues with. I want to give all the credit to Steve Mills [senior vice president and group executive heading IBMs Software Group]." IBM and Sun are extending their Java technology agreement to license and use Java technologies from Sun through 2016. In addition, IBM plans to support its middleware on the Solaris 10 operating system on SPARC x86 and x64 systems, the companies said.
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