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Sun Microsystems Inc. is using LinuxWorld to highlight its plans this year to expand its support for the open-source operating system in its Java Enterprise System and across its Java development tools.

Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday previewed its plans to add Linux support by the middle of 2004 to the Java Enterprise System, its Java server software stack that began shipping in December for Solaris with a pricing plan of $100 per user per year. The Linux version will be available to run on x86-based servers from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

It also announced that its complete line of development tools will support Linux by the end of this year and said it is launching a new online Linux development community at for Java programmers developing on multiple distributions of Linux.

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