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Java Technologies Extend Global Distribution with Canonical's Latest Ubuntu Linux Release

Sun Supports GNU/Linux Community by Distributing a Complete Java Stack, Including NetBeans, Packaged for Ubuntu 7.04

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Canonical Ltd., today announced the immediate availability of a complete, production quality Java(TM) technology stack and developer tools with the latest release of Ubuntu, v7.04, making it easier for GNU/Linux developers to leverage the Java platform in their applications. This stack, which is comprised of key popular Java technologies such as GlassFish(TM) v1 (the open source Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 implementation), Java Platform, Standard Edition (JDK 6), Java DB 10.2 (built from Apache Derby) and NetBeans(TM) IDE 5.5 -- will be available in the Multiverse component of the Ubuntu repository on April 19. These technologies will be available for Ubuntu users to install easily over the network with apt-get and other standard software management tools.

"Sun and Canonical are working together to bring the full power of the Java platform in a fully integrated and easy to install fashion to the free and open source software communities," said Ian Murdock, chief operating systems officer, Sun. "Sun is committed to open source and will continue to promote transparency in software development by facilitating creation of innovative technology with the help of the developer community. "

"Packaging NetBeans and Java for Ubuntu ensures that we are able to distribute it efficiently to the huge community of Ubuntu users," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. "Developers who are interested in Sun's latest Java technology can install it instantly if they are running Ubuntu. As Java components are released under free software licenses, we will consider these components for inclusion in the core of Ubuntu."

Sun is committed to supporting developers by providing versions of its technologies that are optimized and accessible by the various open source GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris communities. Commercial support for all of these components, which are also supplied with Sun's Solaris(TM) Operating System, is available at

More information on the work involved in packaging these applications for inclusion in Ubuntu will be presented at this year's JavaOne(SM) Conference in San Francisco during session TS-7361, by Harpreet Singh of Sun and Jeff Bailey of Canonical entitled "Packaging Java Platform Applications into Ubuntu". Other related JavaOne events are Ian Murdock's talk on "Linux vs Solaris?" at CommunityOne and an entire new Open Source Track that will cover Sun's Free/Open Source Java software strategy in depth, starting with Simon Phipps' talk TS-7498, "Liberating Java: Free and Open Opportunity for the Future."

About the JavaOne Conference

Located at Moscone Center in San Francisco, May 8-11, the annual JavaOne conference is one of the leading events for Java technology developers. Established in 1996, the Conference provides technology enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about the latest technology innovations with Java technology, scripting, open source, Web 2.0 and more. Developers get hands-on experience with the technology, can network with their peers, and have the opportunity to network directly with technology experts from technology industry leaders. For more information about the JavaOne conference, visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovations and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the web at

About Canonical and Ubuntu

Canonical, the sponsor of Ubuntu, is headquartered in Europe and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. Canonical offers world-class 24x7 support for Ubuntu as well as professional engineering services.

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

Download Ubuntu from To learn about commercial support for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu, please see For more information visit or Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and their associated logos are all registered trademarks of Canonical Ltd.

For More Information: Terri Molini Sun Microsystems, Inc. +1-408-404-4976 Chris Kenyon Canonical Ltd +44 207 630 2498 (650) 786-7377

NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, NetBeans, Glassfish, JavaOne and The Networks Is The Computer are trademarks, registered trademarks or servicemarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Ubuntu and Canonical are registered trademarks of Canonical Ltd.

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