Sun Microsystems has released the Java 2 platform source code on its Web site as part of the company's new licensing program to make the code more accessible.
Under the auspices of the Java technology Community Source Licensing program, the new licensing model aims to bring about more rapid innovation and faster incorporation of the Java 2 technology into products.
The Java 2 Community Source Licensing model enables developers to use and modify the source code for commercial products free of charge; allows them to change the code without having to return their changes to Sun; and lets developers modify and share source code without involving Sun.
The Java Runtime Environment binary is also still available free of charge.
Royalties will still be charged for licensees who modify the code and create derivative products for production use or distribution, or to groups who use the source code as the basis for support of consulting contracts. Upfront licensing fees have been eliminated.
Additional information on Sun's Community Source Licensing model, and a download of the source code can be found at http://www.sun.com/software/communitysource/.
Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at http://www.sun.com/.