Sun to relax licensing restrictions on Java

Sun to relax licensing restrictions on Java
Tom Foremski Sun Microsystems may loosen its licensing restrictions on Java and is working on faster versions, according to a senior company executive. Alan Baratz, president of Sun’s Java Software division, said that Sun is considering removing restrictions on its software licenses. Baratz, who was speaking at the Gigaworld IT Forum computer conference in Arizona, did not say what changes will be made. But Sun may be responding to criticism of its strict Java licensing requirements which some say limits the language’s development. Baratz added that Sun is developing a faster version of Java which will offer real-time capabilities. This will make it more suited to embedded applications such as set-top boxes. He pointed out that Java should not be considered as a competitor to Windows. This is in response to Microsoft’s claim that Java threatens its Windows operating system and is the reason why it will not produce cross-platform Java products. Sun recently received a boost for its Java and network computer (NC) combination, after the influential The Sabre Group said it will promote Sun’s JavaStation NC as the hardware platform for its travel reservations software QIK-ACCESS. The package is used by more than 75,000 travel agents worldwide and represents a potentially huge order for Sun.


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