April 23, 2001 1:25 PM PDT
Sun to show peer-to-peer software
Peer-to-peer software connects one computer to another directly, enabling operations that don't rely on larger server computers. The poster child of peer-to-peer services has been online music-swapping site Napster, but other companies are hoping to capitalize on the concept as well. Sun exhorted programmers to incorporate the open-source Jxta software into their own peer-to-peer projects. Standardizing peer-to-peer plumbing would diminish the importance of Microsoft's Windows operating system and its .Net server products.