Sun Microsystems has signed up five more hardware makers in its quest to prevent Java from being shut out of the personal computer.
The company has announced deals with Acer, Gateway, Toshiba, Samsung and Tsinghua Tongfang that will see the latest version of Java's virtual machine, called the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), installed on computers sold by the hardware makers.
Microsoft stopped distributing Java as part of its Windows XP operating system in February of this year, and its deal to ship Java with its other operating systems is set to expire in January of 2004, according to Rich Green, Sun's vice-president of developer platforms.
This spring, Sun began signing deals with hardware vendors in an effort to prevent Java from disappearing from the PC space. Before this latest announcement, it had already reached deals with Apple Computer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lindows.com.
Keeping Java on the PC desktop is important to its viability as a development platform, Green said.
"The developer community and consumers and Web sites are best served by having access to the latest versions of Java to build the best applications they can," he said.
The announcement means that more than half of the PC desktops and notebooks sold will now include the latest version of J2SE, according to Green.