Sun Taking Open-Source Counsel?

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Sun is listening to strong recommendations from IBM and another industry advocate that it enlist Java in the open-source movement.

Sun Microsystems Inc. appears to be seriously considering industry advocates' proposals that it should offer an open-source implementation of Java.

In addition to an impending meeting with IBM—which called on Sun to think about open-sourcing Java—Sun has been in contact with open-source advocate Eric S. Raymond on the very same issue, according to Raymond.

Raymond last month sent an open letter to Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy titled "Let Java Go," calling for Sun to open-source Java. Not long afterward, Raymond said, a Sun official contacted him to discuss his views on how Sun might better work with the open-source community regarding Java.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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