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Sun Microsystems Ships Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition for Linux

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the Java(TM) 2 Platform, Micro Edition, (J2ME(TM)) Connected Device Configuration (CDC) and Foundation profile for Linux. Together, these components of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition form a platform for networked devices in the home, auto and factory floor.

With this announcement, Sun demonstrated its commitment to support Linux across the Java platform, extending the benefits of open network computing to embedded systems. Linux has matured quickly into an increasingly popular operating system and is now emerging in the embedded systems market.

“There are a growing number of Java technology developers who are building applications for consumer devices running on Linux,” said Richard Green, vice president, Java Software, Software Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Now, with the availability of J2ME technologies on Linux, the 2.5 million Java technology developers worldwide can support a whole series of next-generation, intelligent services on today’s modern clients.”

J2ME CDC and Foundation profile target next-generation consumer electronics devices such as advanced digital television set-top boxes, residential gateways, automotive and other mobile systems. Sun opened the J2ME platform specification under the Java Community Process(SM) (JCP) program, the open participative process for developing and revising Java technology specifications, reference implementations and technology compatibility kits.

“The availability of J2ME on Linux allows Java technology developers to leverage their applications and services across multiple deployment platforms from embedded consumer devices to the server,” said Tony de la Lama, vice president and general manager of Borland’s Java Business Unit. “As a J2ME licensee, Borland is committed to supporting wireless application development with our JBuilder development environment running on Linux.”

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