Sun Unveils Project JXTA

Internet Visionary Bill Joy Gives Next Generation Network Computing Technology

To Open Source Community



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In a Webcast today,
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) unveiled Project JXTA as a prototype,
 next-generation network computing research project that will enable easy
 access to peers and resources on the rapidly emerging, multi-dimensional,
 "expanded Web." Sun also launched jxta.org, an Open Source project where
 developers can collaborate to evolve Project JXTA and create innovative,
 distributed services and applications that allow users to naturally and
 quickly find, get, and use information.
     "The Web is evolving in both depth and breadth into an 'expanded Web,'
 which makes it challenging to efficiently communicate and access resources on
 the Internet," said Mike Clary, vice president, Project JXTA. "Sun is offering
 a unified approach to address this next phase of distributed computing, an
 approach that will enable users to quickly and easily Find it, Get it, Use
 it."
     As more and more content and resources migrate to the Web, it's getting
 difficult and time consuming to naturally access information stored on
 multiple networks and across disparate platforms. The initial release of
 Project JXTA is a cross-platform Java(TM) technology-based implementation, and
 Sun has initiated a community project to develop a C implementation.
     "Project JXTA fulfills a vision I've had for 25 years," said Bill Joy,
 Sun's chief scientist and co-founder. "I wanted a computing model based on the
 systems approach from UNIX(R) platforms, the object-oriented, portable code
 capabilities from Java technology, and the universal syntax for describing
 portable data from XML. So, we started Project JXTA, which has become a
 platform independent, language agnostic, Open Source technology to enable new
 and innovative distributed applications."
     During the incubation phase of Project JXTA -- which is documented on
 jxta.org -- Sun's Project JXTA team worked closely with a core group of
 industry leaders. To drive innovation, ubiquity, and new application
 development, Sun has now released the source code of JXTA under an
 Apache-style, Open Source license to involve the community as early as
 possible. The infrastructure for jxta.org is being provided by CollabNet, a
 leader in collaborative software development solutions based on open source
 concepts.
     "By opening up the Project JXTA source code, Sun is demonstrating that it
 is committed to the Open Source community and understands the value of
 collaborative software development," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder and CTO
 of CollabNet. "This is the third major Open Source Network that CollabNet has
 created for Sun, and we look forward to working with Sun to create a strong
 development community around Project JXTA."
     For more information, go to www.jxta.org.
 
     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 'net and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the
 nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.
     UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
 exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Grisanzio of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 408-517-7091, or
 jim.grisanzio@eng.sun.com.
 
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    SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In a Webcast today,
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) unveiled Project JXTA as a prototype,
 next-generation network computing research project that will enable easy
 access to peers and resources on the rapidly emerging, multi-dimensional,
 "expanded Web." Sun also launched jxta.org, an Open Source project where
 developers can collaborate to evolve Project JXTA and create innovative,
 distributed services and applications that allow users to naturally and
 quickly find, get, and use information.
     "The Web is evolving in both depth and breadth into an 'expanded Web,'
 which makes it challenging to efficiently communicate and access resources on
 the Internet," said Mike Clary, vice president, Project JXTA. "Sun is offering
 a unified approach to address this next phase of distributed computing, an
 approach that will enable users to quickly and easily Find it, Get it, Use
 it."
     As more and more content and resources migrate to the Web, it's getting
 difficult and time consuming to naturally access information stored on
 multiple networks and across disparate platforms. The initial release of
 Project JXTA is a cross-platform Java(TM) technology-based implementation, and
 Sun has initiated a community project to develop a C implementation.
     "Project JXTA fulfills a vision I've had for 25 years," said Bill Joy,
 Sun's chief scientist and co-founder. "I wanted a computing model based on the
 systems approach from UNIX(R) platforms, the object-oriented, portable code
 capabilities from Java technology, and the universal syntax for describing
 portable data from XML. So, we started Project JXTA, which has become a
 platform independent, language agnostic, Open Source technology to enable new
 and innovative distributed applications."
     During the incubation phase of Project JXTA -- which is documented on
 jxta.org -- Sun's Project JXTA team worked closely with a core group of
 industry leaders. To drive innovation, ubiquity, and new application
 development, Sun has now released the source code of JXTA under an
 Apache-style, Open Source license to involve the community as early as
 possible. The infrastructure for jxta.org is being provided by CollabNet, a
 leader in collaborative software development solutions based on open source
 concepts.
     "By opening up the Project JXTA source code, Sun is demonstrating that it
 is committed to the Open Source community and understands the value of
 collaborative software development," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder and CTO
 of CollabNet. "This is the third major Open Source Network that CollabNet has
 created for Sun, and we look forward to working with Sun to create a strong
 development community around Project JXTA."
     For more information, go to www.jxta.org.
 
     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 'net and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the
 nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.
     UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
 exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Grisanzio of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 408-517-7091, or
 jim.grisanzio@eng.sun.com.
 
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