Java 1.5 to be Open Sourced?
But in all likelihood, it will be 2003 before these open source VMs begin to emerge. That's when Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.5, a.k.a "Tiger," is expected; Sun has pledged it will release Tiger under open source-compatible terms. Though IBM and HP have no comment on whether or not they plan to implement open source JVMs, BeUnited, the open source BeOS standards group, has been following the Apache situation and has its eye on J2SE 1.5. BeUnited President Simon Gauvin says he has been in touch with the Sun engineer in charge of the upcoming Tiger release about the changes. He adds that if his group were to develop an open source JVM, then the changes made to J2SE "would matter a great deal to BeUnited."