J2EE 1.4 Specification Wins Unanimous Vote of Approval From the Java Community Process

New Standard for Web Services Interoperability Also Licensed Under Open Source

Terms to Apache Software Foundation and JBoss Group

For First Time J2EE 1.4 SDK to Include Fully Deployable Application Server

Based on Developer Release of Sun Java System Application Server 8 Platform


Nov 18, 2003, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), the inventor and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology,
 today announced that the Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition [J2EE(TM)]
 version 1.4 specification was approved by the Java Community Process(TM)
 (JCP)(SM) in a unanimous vote making it the industry's approved platform for
 Web services interoperability. This accomplishment for the Java community is
 marked with another Web services industry-leading move to license the new
 specification and its Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) under new license terms
 friendly to non-profit and open source projects. Apache Software Foundation
 and JBoss Group are demonstrating their commitment to the compatible J2EE
 industry, a key value proposition for the IT industry, by being amongst the
 first open source organizations to license J2EE 1.4 specification and CTS.
     "With nearly four million downloads and over 30 licensees, the J2EE
 platform and Software Developer Kit (SDK) is establishing itself as the
 popular choice and premier platform for Java and Web services development,"
 said Mark Bauhaus, Vice President of Java Web Services for Sun Microsystems.
 "The delivery of the J2EE 1.4 specification realizes the vision of an
 architecture that fuses Web services standards and the Java platform, and
 represents the most complete implementation of the WS-I Basic Profile that
 promises cross-vendor Web services interoperability."
     Shared with a wide community of developers who contributed to the design
 of the J2EE 1.4 standard through the JCP, Sun brings to developers the best in
 Java Web services technology that is the first to support the Web Services
 Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile. The J2EE 1.4 specification also
 includes improved deployment and management capabilities to help developers
 accelerate time to market for their Web services applications. Complete
 information about the J2EE 1.4 specification can be found on the web at
 http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=151 .
     "We received a clear message from the J2EE community to provide complete
 support for Web services standards and interfaces," said Mark Hapner,
 Distinguished Engineer for Sun Microsystems and co-spec lead of the J2EE 1.4
 specification. "Sun took this challenge and in collaboration with the J2EE 1.4
 Expert Group, we believe we have delivered the most interoperable and standard
 Web services platform in the form of this important Java specification,
 Reference Implementation and Software Developer Kit."
     Key Open Source Players License J2EE 1.4 Specification
     Taking advantage of open source license terms for J2EE 1.4 that Sun is
 making available for non-profit and open source projects, Apache Software
 Foundation and JBoss Group have licensed the J2EE specification and TCK to
 bring the benefits of Java compatibility to their open source communities for
 development and deployment. This will lead to increased adoption of J2EE
 through a broader community of developers and further popularize this premier
 middleware platform. The new licensing provisions were introduced by the JCP
 program through the JCP 2.5 process document and require that all Java
 specifications allow for development and distribution of compatible
 independent implementations, make specification products available separately
 and offer Technology Compatibility Kits (TCK) free of charge to qualified non-
 profits, educational organizations and individuals.
     "As a member of the executive committee of the JCP, Apache is thrilled
 that JCP is meeting its promise as a forum for the development of industry-
 leading specifications that can be implemented by open source vendors," said
 Greg Stein, Chairman of the Apache Software Foundation. "Apache is looking
 forward to completing and releasing an application server that is fully
 compatible with the J2EE specifications through our Apache Geronimo project.
 Working closely with Sun and leveraging Sun's support extended to us at no
 charge through the Compatibility Scholarship Program, we are optimistic we
 will quickly deliver product to our communities of developers."
     "As JBoss continues penetrating the enterprise market, proving its J2EE
 compatibility is becoming more important to our customers, ISVs and partners,"
 said Marc Fleury, founder of JBoss.org and president of JBoss Group.
 "Achieving J2EE certification is part of JBoss Group's strategy to deliver
 Professional Open Source to the market. We look forward to a release of the
 first officially compatible version of the JBoss application server."
     Complete information regarding Sun's Compatibility Testing Scholarship
 Program can be found at http://java.sun.com/scholarship/ .
     Pricing and Availability
     The J2EE 1.4 specification will be available on November 24, 2003. The
 J2EE 1.4 SDK that includes a J2EE 1.4-certified version of a fully-deployable
 application server from Sun (the developer release of the Sun Java System
 Application Server 8 Platform Edition) will also be available on November 24,
 2003. The new SDK includes documentation and tools for developers to learn
 J2EE and get started with the J2EE 1.4 specification. It is available as a
 free download on the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment and Windows platforms
 at Sun's Developer Network site at http://java.sun.com/j2ee/download.html .
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     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com .
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      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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