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Sun Shines Developer Resources for Solaris 10 Launch

Sun Microsystems plans to unwrap new developer resources for Solaris 10 when it officially unveils the highly anticipated new release the Unix OS Monday, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Sun, Santa Clara, Calif., next week will launch Solaris 10 Developer Connection, a new site hosted by the Sun Developer Network. The new site provides developer guides, software downloads, documentation and forums to help developers create new applications for and migrate existing applications to Solaris 10, said Joe Keller, Sun's vice president of Java Web services and tools marketing.

Also during next Monday's launch, the vendor will highlight an updated version of Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 Java Developer Kit (JDK) for Solaris 10. Scheduled to ship next quarter for UltraSPARC-, Intel x86- and AMD Opteron-based servers, the kit includes an early-access version of technology to support the creation and deployment of desktop Java applications optimized for Solaris 10 on 64-bit, Opteron-based hardware, Keller said.

The updated J2SE JDK includes a Java virtual machine (JVM) that Sun built in conjunction with AMD to optimize the performance of Java-based applications for Linux, Windows and Solaris environments on 64-bit Opteron-based servers, Keller added.

Additionally, Sun plans to release Monday a preconfigured development environment called the "Technology Test Drive." The hosted environment gives x86 developers a free, seven-day evaluation period in which they can test their own code on Solaris 10. The test drive runs the code on an AMD Opteron-based Sun Fire V20z server.

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