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Sun Is Mum On IBM Pitch For Open Source Java

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday said it had nothing to say for now on IBM's call for discussions on making Java technology open source.

In a letter sent earlier this month, Rod Smith, vice president of emerging technology for IBM, said Big Blue was willing to work with Sun on an "independent project to open-source Java."

"IBM is ready to provide technical resources and code for the open-source Java implementation while Sun provides the open-source community with Sun materials including Java specifications, tests and code," Smith wrote.

Sun on Thursday declined immediate comment. "Sun is not providing further statement at this time," a spokeswoman said.

In the letter to Rob Gingell, chief technology officer for Sun software, Smith said IBM believed that taking Java to the open-source community would benefit the platform and both companies' customers.

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