November 21, 2001

Linux company ratified to Java JCP

Author: JT Smith

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Program Management
Office of the Java Community Process(SM) (JCP) program and
PricewaterhouseCoopers who managed the elections process, today
announced the new Executive Committee (EC) members of the JCP. Between
October 1 and November 14, 2001 the Java community cast their votes to
elect the new members of the JCP ECs who will
help shape the future of Java(TM) technology over the next three years.
Voting Members on each EC serve 3-year terms which are staggered so that
five of the 15 seats are up for ratification/election each year.
This year's open elections voted in Macromedia and Nokia Networks as
members on the Java(TM) 2 Platform, Standard and Enterprise Editions
(SE/EE) EC and Texas Instruments on the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
(ME) EC.  They are joining the other members of the JCP ECs called to
make key decisions concerning Java technology specifications as they
progress through the JCP approval processes.  The newly elected JCP EC
members will take office immediately and will participate in the first
post elections EC meeting scheduled for November 20.

"The JCP program provides its members with a variety of processes and
tools that enable their collective creative force to keep Java the vital
and important technology that it is," said Rob Gingell, Chair, JCP
program.  "One such process is the JCP EC elections.  We are pleased to
see an increasing number of JCP-eligible voters take advantage of this
important membership right and cast their votes to elect from their
peers those who will represent them and guide the overall program for
the community's best interest."

The JCP elections are an open, democratic process that votes into office
the members of the Executive Committees.  Two JCP ECs are responsible
for overseeing the development of Java technology specifications:  the
EC for the
Java 2 Platform, Standard J2SE(TM) and  nterprise Editions J2EE(TM) and
the EC for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition J2ME(TM).

"PricewaterhouseCoopers was pleased to be invited for the second year by
the JCP to manage the JCP EC elections process," said Jay Bolton,
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.  "We used our broad expertise to ensure
an impartial,
objective process for all participants and helped create a one-stop
elections portal that streamlined and improved voters' experience."

In this year's elections a high number of candidates ran for the
remaining elected seats on each EC:  12 candidates entered the
competition for the two seats on the J2SE/J2EE EC and nine for the two
seats on the J2ME EC.  It is a
reaffirmation of the commitment of the  software industry and of the
Java developer community to the JCP program's goal of developing
standards-based platform-independent specifications that deliver
advanced technological values and business benefits to developers and
corporations.   Final elections results are posted on the JCP elections
portal maintained by PricewaterhouseCoopers at
http://jcpelection2001.org/jcp/electionsresults
For a complete list of JCP EC members, please go to
http://jcp.org/participation/committee .

About the Java Community Process
Since its introduction in 1995 as the open, inclusive process to develop
and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations,
and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program
has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the
international Java developer community.  More than 150 Java technology
specifications are in development in the JCP program, which has over 400
company and individual participants.  For more information on the JCP
program, please visit
http://jcp.org .

About PricewaterhouseCoopers
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professional services organization.  Drawing on the knowledge and skills
of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, the organization helps
clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their
ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an
Internet-enabled world.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as
a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take
their businesses to the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170
countries and on the World Wide
Web at http://www.sun.com .

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