Sun's Forte for Java IDE and Red Hat Linux 7.2 Give Linux Developers A Jump-Start on Cross-Platform Applications Forte for Java IDE Ships With Latest Red Hat Linux Release



    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that the Forte(TM) for Java(TM) integrated
 development environment (IDE) is shipping with Red Hat Linux 7.2, providing
 Linux developers with an open, cross-platform IDE to rapidly build innovative,
 database-aware Web applications and services. The recently announced release
 from Red Hat is the latest version of the popular open source server operating
 environment.
     "Sun's Forte for Java IDE is based on the NetBeans(TM) open source
 project, so we have a strong affinity for Linux and open source developers,"
 said Mark Herring, director of marketing, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems.
 "Additionally, Java technology's 'Write-Once-Run-Everywhere'(TM) architecture
 is a natural fit for Linux developers, who prefer an open, cross-platform
 approach to building applications. Red Hat Linux and the Forte for Java IDE
 provide a highly productive combination for Linux developers."
     Building on a relationship that began with Red Hat Linux 7.1, Sun's Forte
 for Java, Community Edition, release 3.0 (www.sun.com/forte) is included on
 the Red Hat Linux 7.2 Linux Applications CD. The combined product offerings
 make it easy for developers to start quickly building cross-platform
 applications based on a proven Linux distribution and an innovative tools
 development platform.
     The Forte for Java IDE is offered at no charge from Sun and includes a
 complete and integrated set of tools -- including a Web browser, a Web server,
 and a relational database -- for developers building database-aware Web
 applications and stand-alone applications, applets, and JavaBeans(TM)
 components. Developers have access to innovative technology through the Forte
 for Java Extension Partner Program, where more than 75 third-party companies
 are building plug-ins that extend the Forte for Java environment.
     "Sun's Forte for Java product has been well received by developers and
 independent software vendors (ISVs) who benefit from the wide array of add-on
 modules available for use with the product," said Mark de Visser, vice
 president of marketing at Red Hat. "Bundling the IDE on our Linux Applications
 CD gives developers access to a versatile commercial development environment
 with the inherent benefits of a foundation in open source technology."
     Sun's Forte tools, which include the Forte for Java IDE and Forte
 Developer, are a core component of the Sun(TM) Open Net Environment
 (Sun ONE) -- an open architecture and integratable product portfolio for
 creating, assembling and deploying services on demand. Using Forte for Java,
 Enterprise Edition, release 3.0, developers can build highly scalable
 enterprise applications and services based on the Java(TM) 2 Platform,
 Enterprise Edition technologies, such as Enterprise JavaBeans(TM) components.
 Enterprise Edition also supports the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, making it
 easier to build applications and services that can be accessed via the Web,
 mobile devices or personal digital assistants.
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software
 products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables
 the development and delivery of services on demand. Through its open,
 integratable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help
 reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets.
 Sun ONE represents a significant initiative in Sun's evolution to providing an
 open end-to-end architecture building on the company's offerings across
 systems and development environments. Further information is available at
 www.sun.com/sunone.
 
     About Sun Developer Connection
     Building on Sun's vision to enable services on demand with the latest open
 technologies, the Sun Developer Connection (SDC) offers individual developers
 and software development partners a single, worldwide entry point to build a
 technical and business relationship with Sun. As one of the largest developer
 communities in the world, the SDC is the connection to Sun for comprehensive
 resources to build and market solutions leveraging Sun's open technologies,
 products, business development and community forums. All programs,
 registration and eligibility information can be found at
 http://www.sun.com/sdc .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     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
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, The Network Is The Computer,
 Forte, JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans, Write Once, Run Everywhere, and
 NetBeans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and in other countries.
     Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Red Hat is a registered trademark
 of Red Hat, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Grisanzio of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-517-7091, or
 jim.grisanzio@sun.com; or Randy Wambold of CHEN PR, +1-781-466-8282,
 ext. 19, or rwambold@chenpr.com, for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
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