Sun Microsystems Ships Java(TM) 2 Platform, Micro Edition for Linux

Jan 31, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    NEW YORK, LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) 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."
     "Symbian's Java technology strategy for future wireless information
 devices is built on the Connected Device Configuration and Foundation Profile.
 Sun's Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition technologies, including CDC and
 Foundation, enable the Symbian platform to provide the best in class Java
 technology implementation required by the wireless community for rapid
 development and secure deployment of services," said Jeremy Copp,
 VP Business Relationships, Symbian.
     J2ME on Linux joins Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE(TM)) and
 Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM)) to provide expanded Java
 technology support on Linux.  With the union of the Java 2 platform and Linux,
 end users can run thousands of Java technology based applications and Java
 technology developers can write and deploy applications based upon the most
 advanced Java platform on the Linux operating system.
     Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition CDC and Foundation profile is immediately
 available for download at:
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
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