March 5, 2004

IBM, Sun to meet over open-source Java

Representatives from IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc. will meet in a week to 10 days' time to discuss IBM's proposal
for creating an open-source version of Sun's Java technology, an IBM executive said Thursday.

Sun wants to hear more details about IBM's proposal, such as which parts of Java IBM would like to see made open-source and how such a plan might be
carried out, according to Bob Sutor, IBM's director of WebSphere infrastructure.

"We've both asked each other to think about things to bring to the table, such as the scope of what we have in mind and how we might do this," Sutor
said in an interview Thursday.

A Sun spokeswoman declined to comment on any meeting, and it remains unclear how seriously Sun is considering IBM's proposal.



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