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February  1997
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JavaSoft to sell JavaOS for ARM Processors

The JavaOS will now be available for the ARM architecture directly from Sun Microsystems Inc.'s JavaSoft, company officials announced yesterday.

Prior to yesterday's announcement, manufacturers that wanted to offer the JavaOS on ARM processors had to get a license from JavaSoft and port it themselves, said Julie Seymour, a spokeswoman at Advanced Risc Machines (ARM) PLC. The JavaOS is already available for X86 and SPARC processors.

ARM hopes JavaSoft's support will spur deployment of the ARM family of processors, which includes the ARM7500FE and the StrongARM, Seymour said.

"If the support is out there, if they don't have to do it themselves, it makes it easier to use the ARM architecture," Seymour said.

ARM's home page can be reached at Sun's home page is at

Sari Kalin, IDG News Service, Boston Bureau

JavaSoft to launch software-based NC

Sun Microsystems Inc.'s JavaSoft division today announced Project Rescue, a software package designed to let users run Java programs directly on DOS.

Using Citrix Systems Inc.'s ICA Client software, Project Rescue will run the Java OS, Java Virtual Machine, and HotJava Views on '486, 4M-byte PCs, said JavaSoft officials. The Java OS brings network and image capabilities to DOS, said the officials.

"All a user will have to do is go to the C prompt and type 'Java OS,' which will bring up the HotJava Web browser and the HotJava views," said Alan Baratz, president of JavaSoft. This is the first software-based network computer, Baratz said.

The product will be shown at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco April 2-4.

JavaSoft, based in Cupertino, California, can be reached at +1-408-343-1400 or on the World Wide Web at

Niall McKay, IDG News Service, San Francisco Bureau

Solaris NEO 2.0 goes Inter-ORB

Solaris NEO 2.0, Sun's distributed object environment, now has support for the Object Management Group's (OMG) Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) 2.0 Internet Inter-ORB Protocol. This will enable Solaris NEO objects to interoperate with objects from other CORBA 2.0 environments. The latest NEO release also includes Joe 2.0 Java connectivity.

Other features are:

Solaris NEO 2.0 is currently available and is priced at $195.

Sun has also unleased its Internet WorkShop suite of development tools. There are three main components to this tools suite:

Sun Internet WorkShop is now available and is priced at $6,295.

Sun pegs telecom with JTONE

Mountain View, CA -- Following on the heels of its Java Financial Object Xchange (JFOX) for promoting Java in the financial services market, Sun has set up JTONE (Java Telecom Object NEtwork) for the telecommunications industry. JTONE acts as a resource center for developers, vendors, systems integrators, and research teams involved in telecom-related equipment manufacturing or Java application creation.

This resource "center" functions primarily through the JTONE Web site at Here, members will have access to tools, components, white papers, research results, case studies, press releases, and training and consulting services. Members will be able to view demos and download products from both Sun and various vendors and participate in online discussion forums. Membership is free.

Bell Atlantic is one company that is already using JTONE's mentoring and consulting services to develop an application framework for its customer care support systems, says Nasser Iravani, Sun's market development manager of telecom objects. One piece is a Java-based order-entry system for Bell Atlantic's third-party resellers.

Sun and Lotus link for better product integration

Orlando, FL (1/27/97) -- Sun and Lotus Development Corp. are expanding their efforts for tighter integration between Solaris and Lotus' Domino 4.5 server. The latest version of Domino takes advantage of native Sun event logging, fault-recovery, and high-availability features. Domino 4.5 for both Solaris SPARC and the Intel Edition gives administrators a single event tracking environment, and the fault recovery system automates the operations of system clean up, restart, and diagnostics if a Domino server fails. Administrators are able to customize the response to a Domino server and integrate with Sun's logging and debugging capabilities.

The two companies' collaboration on high availability for Domino on Solaris revolves around the meshing of Domino with Solstice HA, Sun's enterprise management software. Lotus and Sun are continuing their efforts on Java-related applications as well. This includes Java integration with Lotus Notes 4.5 client and Domino 4.5 server, the development of a Java-based client for Lotus cc:Mail, and a set of Java business productivity applets, among others.

Lotus products that are currently, or will soon be, available for Solaris are:

Sun and Lotus have additional plans to launch a pilot of the new Domino/Sun Solutions Provider Program. This program will build teams of Domino on Solaris experts for customer support. It will be managed by Sun and will focus initially on U.S.-based Lotus Premium Business Partners. The companies will expand the pilot late this quarter to include other qualifying Lotus Business Partners and Sun customers that are not currently Lotus Business Partners.

Web, Java lead software market growth

Boston -- The network management software market continued its steady growth in 1996, shaped increasingly by Internet technologies like the World Wide Web and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language, according to two recent studies published by International Data Corporation.

While 1996 saw companies jostling to portray themselves as the most intranet-aware provider, in 1997 Internet and intranet technologies will have a more tangible effect on the development and pricing of PC administration and platform softwares, IDC said.

Sales of PC administration suite software grew 126 percent in 1996, to more than $490 million, driven by a recognized need to exert greater central control over increased numbers of PCs, servers, and client/server applications, IDC said.

Among the trends that most affected development of administration software in 1996 were the increased deployment of new network operating systems, such as Netware 4.11 and NT 3.5; cross marketing of PC administration solutions with other management software, such as help desk and anti-virus products; and a major expansion into European and Asian markets, IDC said.

New licensing agreements for advanced SNMP-based management platforms increased 54 percent in 1996 over the previous year, while end user sales rose at only 29.4 percent, to $225 million.

The variance stems from "the introduction of distributed platform solutions that have a much lower per license price compared to traditional stand-alone products," IDC said.

--James Niccolai, IDG News Service, Boston Bureau

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