Sun Microsystems announced last week that the Java Community Process has approved Version 1.4 of J2EE. The technology will be available this week.
Sun also announced that Apache.org and JBoss Group have licensed the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.4 specification and its accompanying TCK (Technology Compatibility Kit) under open-source license terms.
Sun and JBoss had battled over JBoss licensing previous versions of the J2EE specification and TCK. JBoss sought open-source licensing, but Sun maintained the company was a commercial concern. But now the companies have come to terms, and JBoss has licensed J2EE 1.4. The open-source licensing terms came with the Java Community Process 2.5 changes, which support open-source use of the Java platform technologies.