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Sun Microsystems Inc. last week unveiled yet another program designed to lure developers to its Java-based enterprise development tools: Give them a free piece of hardware for a three-year subscription.

Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., last week announced the Java Enterprise Developer Promotion, available to its U.S.-based developer network community at a cost of $4,497, paid in three annual subscription payments of $1,499. The promotion, which ends June 30, includes an entry-level Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron-based Sun server, called the V20Z and priced at $2,750, plus tools, support and services.

“Sun developers can now get hardware, software and development tools for a single, low annual subscription fee,” said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s executive vice president for software. Schwartz said Sun is considering making a similar offer on its enterprise SPARC servers.

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