Sun Contributes Four Java Breakthroughs to Open Source Community Including 'Project Looking Glass' and JAVA 3D

Project Looking Glass Will be Available to Developers on; Additional

Contributions Advance Adoption, Stimulate Growth and Promote Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO - 2004 JavaOne(SM) Conference, June 28

Jun 28, 2004, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), the creator
 and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, today underscored its commitment
 to open source and desktop technology leadership by contributing Project
 Looking Glass and Java 3D(TM) technology to the open source community. This
 contribution will unleash a new dimension of developer innovation by making
 Sun's cutting edge technology available at Sun's 3D Desktop Technology Open
 Source Project on
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     Sun also announced additional open source desktop efforts in collaboration
 with the Java developer community: the JDesktop Network Components (JDNC) and
 JDesktop Integration Components (JDIC). JDNC radically simplifies the
 development of rich networked desktop applications. JDIC seamlessly integrates
 cross-platform Java technology-based applications with the native desktop.
 These open source community contributions aim to promote innovation, ease of
 development, integration and interactivity on the desktop, and stimulate
 growth of the Java platform economy for all participants.
     "Today marks the beginning of a new era for Java technology innovation on
 the desktop," said John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software at Sun.
 "By contributing next-generation desktop technologies, providing simpler ways
 to create rich Java technology-based desktop content and integrating into the
 underlying operating system, Sun is broadening the desktop capabilities and
 ensuring ease-of-use for developers. Sun is now laying the groundwork for
 accelerated adoption and development of key Java technologies, spurring
 creativity and choice."
     Project Looking Glass -- Accelerating Innovative 3D Desktop Development
     Project Looking Glass is the 3D desktop project that first captivated the
 technology industry and blew the lid off the traditional windowing paradigm at
 its first mass demo in Summer 2003. Project Looking Glass' innovative desktop
 interface offers an intuitive, new 3D environment to interact with desktop
 applications featuring window transparency, rotation, zoom, multiple desktop
 workspaces and miniaturization. The technology helps developers build highly
 visual 3D desktops and applications that will run on the Solaris(TM) Operating
 System (OS) and Linux systems such as Sun's Java Desktop System. The Project
 Looking Glass developer's release is expected to enable Java technology
 developers to break new ground in the way information and data is represented
 to the user.
     The following features are now available in the Project Looking Glass
 developer's release:
     -- 3D Window Manager Platform -- Highly scalable Java 3D Application
        Programming Interface (API) with client-server model support that helps
        developers with design documents, initial specification and prototype
     -- 3D Window Manager and Application Development API -- Java API to enable
        development of new 3D desktop applications and 3D Window Manager
        features for the Project Looking Glass platform.
     -- Native Application Integration Module -- Module to run X11 applications
        within the 3D environment.
     -- Sample 3D Window Manager -- Sample implementation for testing and
        demonstration purposes.
     -- 3D Environment Lite -- Stand alone, simplified 3D environment for
        development and testing that can be run on any Java 3D API-enabled
        platform including Linux and the Solaris OS.
     For more information on Project Looking Glass, visit
     Java 3D -- Taking Java Technology to New Dimensions
     Sun is also releasing the Java 3D API to the open source community on The Java 3D API, recently used by NASA for its command and control
 system for the Mars Rover mission, helps developers incorporate high-quality,
 scalable, platform-independent 3D graphics into applications and applets based
 on Java technology. To access Java 3D, visit To join and contribute to the
 community, visit
     JDesktop Integration Components (JDIC)
     The JDIC project, launched on, will continue Java technology's
 focus on seamless desktop integration. It complements the native look and feel
 for Windows XP and GTK introduced in Java(TM) 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2
 and the desktop integration enhancements in J2SE 5.0. JDIC will help
 developers create applications that run on multiple operating systems while
 giving users a quality user experience consistent with their desktop. Visit for more details.
     JDesktop Network Components (JDNC)
     JDNC aims to simplify the development of rich networked desktop
 applications. It offers a set of high-level user interface components with
 built-in networking and data-binding support that can be configured via
 Extensible Markup Language (XML). JDNC will lower the bar for rich client
 development and boost developer productivity, enabling a larger portion of
 developers to take advantage of highly interactive client applications. More
 information can be found at
     Project Looking Glass, Java 3D, JDIC and JDNC projects are part of, the community for desktop developers. -- The Center for Developer Innovation
     The 2004 JavaOne Developer Conference marks the first anniversary of, the source for Java technology collaboration sponsored by Sun. In
 less than a year after the site's launch, has reached 50,000 users
 and 1,000 projects, continuing its efforts to provide the definitive online
 community for Java technology development. The community provides feature
 content from O'Reilly Media, and collaborative development tools from
 CollabNet, helping to create a unique community of learning and development.
 Coupled with content and infrastructure, Sun's expertise in open source has
 created a unique community that provides developers with the tools,
 information and resources they need to participate in or run their own open
 source-based projects.
     In addition, today launched a new community dedicated to the
 discussion, development and collaboration of Java Specification Requests (JSR)
 proposed by Java Community Process(SM) (JCP(SM)) members. This new community
 aims to increase efficiency by making it easier to set up JSR projects and
 providing the appropriate tools needed to communicate and share code with the
 community for greater transparency.
     For more information on the JavaOne conference, visit
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      Melissa Pereira
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Vanessa Villacarlos
      Citigate Cunningham

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