"Our decision to open source Sun SPOT software under a GPL V2 license reflects our commitment to build a community of developers. Commercial interests will often want a different license and we encourage them to discuss this with us. Because this is a new, emerging market, the first commercial licenses may be unique and somewhat time consuming to work out. We are currently working with Systronix and a handful of others to help them achieve their business objectives and to help us develop our business model around Project Sun SPOT. As more businesses ask to license Sun SPOT technology, the process may be streamlined."
In other happenings at next week's conference, application developers in the mobile and embedded space will get together to learn about different topics ranging from virtual machines to mobile clients. Presentations will be done by representatives from such companies as Nokia, Intel and, of course, Sun. James Gosling, CTO of Sun's Client Software who is widely considered the father of Java, will give a keynote presentation on Wednesday.
Java, according to to Sun, is on 95 percent of mobile phones shipped today. Sun makes money off of mobile and embedded Java through commercial licenses that feature support services.
One topic that is not expected to get a lot of play at the event is Sun's JavaFX and JavaFX Mobile technology. The JavaFX platform, featuring JavaFX Mobile, is intended to provide a consistent and graphical user experience on systems ranging from desktops to mobile devices and other systems. More on JavaFX will be aired at the JavaOne conference in May in San Francisco, a Sun insider said.
Currently, Sun's new acquisition, MySQL, maker of the open source database of the same name, has not been factored into Sun's mobile plans, according to Brinkley. Sun agreed to acquire MySQL this week for $1 billion, with the deal expected to close later this quarter or early in the next quarter.