Red Hat and Sun Collaborate to Advance Open Source Java Technology Broad
contributor agreement and TCK License pave way for a fully compatible, open
source Java Development Kit for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Raleigh NC - November 5, 2007 - Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading
provider of open source solutions, today announced an agreement with Sun
Microsystems to advance open source JavaTM software. Red Hat has signed
Sun's broad contributor agreement that covers participation in all Sun-led
open source projects by all Red Hat engineers.
In addition, Red Hat has signed Sun's OpenJDK Community TCK License
Agreement. This agreement gives the company access to the test suite that
determines whether an implementation of the Java Platform Standard Edition
(Java SE) platform that is derived from the OpenJDK project complies with
the Java SE 6 specification.
Red Hat is the first major software vendor to license the Java SE Technology
Compatibility Kit (TCK), in support of Java SE compatibility. To help foster
innovation and advancement of the Java technology ecosystem, Red Hat will
also share its developers' contributions with Sun as part of the OpenJDK
community. These agreements pave the way for Red Hat to create a fully
compatible, open source Java Development Kit (JDK) for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
As a contributor, Red Hat will have full access to the OpenJDK code base as
well as the Java SE 6 TCK to eventually deliver a JRE for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux that would significantly enhance Java software applications. Red Hat
customers will benefit from a highly optimized, accelerated runtime for
JBoss Enterprise Middleware in a Linux environment.
"Red Hat fully supports Sun's courageous decision to open source Java
technology. After more than 10 years of continuous leadership, the Java
technology ecosystem will enter an era of accelerated innovation and benefit
from extreme pervasiveness on a wide range of environments," said Sacha
Labourey, CTO of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. "Through these strategic
agreements, Red Hat commits to contribute to the Java platform and
distribute a compatible, open source Java software implementation."
One of the first benefits of this agreement is tighter alignment with the
IcedTea project, which brings together Fedora and JBoss.org technologies in
a Linux environment. IcedTea provides Free Software alternatives for the few
remaining proprietary sections in the OpenJDK project.
Earlier this month, Red Hat Middleware LLC division was re-elected by
program members of the Java Community Process (JCPSM) to the Executive
Committee (EC) for the Standard/Enterprise Edition (SE/EE). Red Hat will
serve as a voting member for three years, helping guide the evolution of
Java technologies. The company currently leads the Web Beans Expert Group
(JSR-299) and has made significant contributions in the past to
specifications such as Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 (JSR-220).
"Sun welcomes Red Hat to the OpenJDK community," said Rich Green, executive
vice president, Software at Sun Microsystems. "It is a vote of confidence to
have Red Hat, a leader in open source, engaging with the community on such a
broad scale. When we open-sourced our Java software implementation, we hoped
to see just this kind of collaboration between the GNU/Linux world and the
Java technology ecosystem. It is gratifying to see the promise of
open-source Java technology coming true with Red Hat's leadership."
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