Sun Microsystems Inc. and SuSE Linux A.G. have entered into a global alliance that calls for Sun to preinstall SuSE Linux's Enterprise Server 8 on its commodity x86 hardware systems, while SuSE becomes a Java 2 Standard Edition source licensee and will distribute Sun's Java Virtual Machine with all its Linux products, the two companies announced Thursday.

While Red Hat already ships the Sun JVM with some of its distributions, it does not have a Java source license. Ann Wettersten, a Sun systems software vice president, told eWEEK on Thursday that the source license will allow SuSE to work with Sun on developing new applications and solutions with Java and continue to tune it for its platform.

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