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Today, Sun's Open Source Chief Simon Phipps hosted the call and the company's biggest announcement of the day is that it will be open sourcing the company's reference implementation of Java EE 5. So, a few things there. First, the old brand name Java 2 Enterprise Edition (aka J2EE) that was given to Java based application servers is giving way to just Java Enterprise Edition or Java EE. Second, Java EE 5 is the follow on Java-based application server to J2EE 1.4. J2EE 1.4 however is still the version of Java EE that everyone is buying, it's the specification that most Java certification is taking place around, and it's the version that's being sold by companies like BEA and IBM. So, that Sun is open sourcing the next version that comes after J2EE 1.4 has some ramifications. For example, many more software developers can get into the Java EE market. More to come on that when I blog my interview with Sun's Joe Keller. One footnote on the Java EE news: Sun is not open sourcing the actual Java Runtime Environment (the JRE). It is only open sourcing it's implementation of Java EE which is the body of code that surrounds the JRE (or, put another way, requires the JRE to run).
Phipps covered a bunch of other announcements including an AMD-based workstation that runs on Solaris 10 and that developers can lease for $29.99 per month. Getting one requires three year commitment. But still, that amounts to less than $1100. The workstation includes the Java Desktop System (or you can run the CDE interface if you so choose) and all of Sun's development tools. There was also news of a SPARC-based notebook but Phipps didn't have the full details.