SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), today announced the immediate availability of the
OpenJDK(TM) Community Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) License. With this
release, Sun is placing the means for certifying "Write Once, Run
Anywhere(TM)" compatibility into the hands of the community.
This license is for the Java(TM) Compatibility Kit (JCK). The JCK is
the Technology Compatibility Kit, a suite of tests, tools and documentation
that determines whether or not an implementation complies with the Java
Platform Standard Edition 6 specification. The evolving OpenJDK community
understands that the value of their efforts, as well as the resulting open
source Java technology implementations, will be greatly enhanced if these
implementations can be certified as compatible.
Sun is licensing the JCK under terms that will permit contributors to
fully comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2
(GPLv2), while giving the OpenJDK community the means to test for
compatibility. The OpenJDK Community TCK License is available at:
"This announcement is another milestone in the release of Java
technology as open source software. We're eager to see OpenJDK based
implementations pass the JCK, so that we have compatible and free Java
technology implementations available in GNU/Linux distributions
everywhere," said Rich Green, executive vice president, Software at Sun.
"As a result of this new license and the efforts of the OpenJDK community,
we will see the promise of open source Java technology fulfilled through
accelerated innovation and broader distribution, which will benefit the
entire IT industry."
The OpenJDK Community TCK License will enable developers to test the
compatibility of their contributions to the OpenJDK project. It will also
allow distributors to test complete implementations that are substantially
derived from OpenJDK and distributed under GPLv2. Organizations or
individual developers that use the OpenJDK Community TCK License and then
successfully pass compatibility testing, will also have the option of
branding their implementation with Sun's "Java Compatible" trademark and
See the updated OpenJDK FAQ
(http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/java/faq.jsp) for more information
about the new TCK license and stay tuned for a forthcoming blog from Rich
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