Sun will be releasing an open source edition of an IBM database soon, dubbed Java DB, based on Apache's Derby. Sun is looking to strengthen its position in the market as a database distributor. This comes admist other Sun work to provide more open source implementations, such as the use of an open source Postgres database which is already available in Solaris 10 on a variety of platforms. This is all an attempy by Sun to become "the premier enterprise database platform." as their other services wane with lower cost offerings.
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