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Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are making moves to placate developers currently dissatisfied with the companies' stances on specific development issues.
Sun is tweaking its Java licensing, emphasizing that it wants to make Java as open source as possible without compromising platform compatibility. The vendor also provided an update on the next version of Java, which will boost Web services on the client side. Microsoft, meanwhile, seeks to assure Visual Basic 6.0 developers of a clean migration path to future technologies.
Key to Sun's licensing plan is Project Peabody, which introduces a licensing scheme called JIUL (Java Internal Use License), pronounced …