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Java Runtime Environment for Linux in Eclipse 3.0
Java Runtime Environment for Linux Offered in Eclipse 3.0
By: Java News Desk
Aug. 19, 2004 12:00 AM
In order to make deploying Java applications on Linux easier, IBM has announced the release of a free tools bundle for Eclipse.
Earlier versions required users to download the SDK and runtime separately but now IBM has brought this together in this release. Gina Poole, IBM vice president for developer marketing and Web communities, said, "Now, in addition to developing your app using the Eclipse SDK, you can now also take them into production and run on the Linux OS."
Users will be able to switch into using more feature-rich commercial IBM developer tools like WebSphere and Rational, Poole said. The runtimes are identical to one another, she added..
Industry analysts view IBM's release of the package as serving its own self-interest. Ronald Schmelzer, a senior analyst at ZapThink, commented:
"In general, this is following a definite, and well thought-out, plan by IBM to help seed the market by increasing the common set of tools that Linux and Java developers have to build applications that would in turn leverage IBM's core product and services set."
Schmelzer added, "The latest announcement furthers [IBM's] goal of advancing the 'state of the art' within the Linux and Java communities, and definitely will make it easier for IBM to sell technology such as WebSphere to the Linux audience while making it more difficult for other competitors with focused, niche, and developer-level products to sell theirs."
IBM further announced that new versions of its Linux Software Evaluation Kit DVD are being included; along with trial versions of middleware such as DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, and Tivoli.
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