Wednesday June 7, 8:06 am Eastern Time
Company Press ReleaseSOURCE:
Zero G Software, Inc.
Zero G Joins Java Standards Group for Multi-Platform Installation Technology
Expert Group to Publish Specs by Year's End; Progress Report Schedule for JavaOne Conference
SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Zero G Software, Inc., the leading
provider of multi-platform software deployment solutions, today announced it
is one of four Java industry experts selected to create and publish technical
standards for multi-platform software installation.
The industry group, which was formed in response to the Java Specification
Request (JSR) 38 for Application Installation API Specifications, is a
cooperative effort by software industry leaders with specific expertise in
deployment solutions. The group's objective is to establish open standards for
multi-platform installers. JSR 38 is part of the Java Community Process(SM),
an industry-wide endeavor to develop and revise Java technology
specifications. The JSR 38 group plans to issue the draft specifications by
the end of 2000 for general review by the Java developers' community.
The JSR 38 group will present an update on its progress on Friday, June
9, during a session at JavaOne, Sun's Worldwide Java Developer Conference.
JavaOne takes place this week at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.
``In a business environment that changes as rapidly as the software
industry, it is imperative that our customers can rely on a consistent
standards for the installation of their software, regardless of the platform
or operating system,'' said Eric Shapiro, Zero G's CEO. Shapiro is one of
Zero G's representatives on the JSR 39 group, reflecting the high level of
importance Zero G is giving the effort. Zero G's Tech Lead, Tim Miller, also
serves on the group.
``As a leader in multi-platform deployment technologies, Zero G has
considerable expertise in deployment issues I believe that Zero G's
participation will provide substantial benefit to the standardization process.
It is our intention to be a major contributor to the JSR 38 group and to help
develop these specifications in a relatively short time-frame,'' said Shapiro.
Since its introduction in 1997, Zero G's award-winning InstallAnywhere®
line of products has set the standard for multi-platform deployment solutions
and is used by many of the world's leading software providers.
Currently, four companies are actively working on the JSR 38
IBM, Sun Microsystems, Zero G, and NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, which is as part of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
The group recently met at Zero G's San Francisco offices to map out their plan
for publishing draft specifications for public review by this fall.
``We are very pleased about Zero G's enthusiastic participation in the JSR.
Their technical expertise and marketing know-how in the area of multi-platform
application installation is extremely helpful,'' said Paul Wolgast,
specification lead for JSR 38 and a senior software engineer at Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. ``Securing wide-spread industry support for this specification is a
major goal of our group. Working closely with industry leaders like Zero G
helps to ensure that goal.''
About the JSR 38 JavaOne Session
The JavaOne discussion session covering JSR 38 is schedule for Friday,
June 9, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Gateway Rooms102/103, Moscone Center.
Participating on the session's panel are:
Paul Wolgast; Eric Shapiro; and
Paul Lovvik, a software architect at Sun Microsystems, Inc.
About JSR 38 -- Application Installation Specification
Java Specification Request 38 -- Application Installation API
Specification is intended to establish industry standards for software
installation by providing a consistent approach to installing software across
a variety of platforms. It supports the installation of software products
ranging from a single software component to a collection of highly
interdependent components developed by different vendors.
JSR 38 was formally proposed in fall of 1999, by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory/DISA and Sun Microsystems. The Program Management Office that runs
the Java Community Process formally approved the JSR in December of 1999. The
current participants in the group were selected in January of this year.
Commercial installer products, such as Zero G's InstallAnywhere, which are
built with Java technology, will be able to take advantage of the new
standards while continuing to provide developers with enhanced capabilities
and functionality. JSR 38 will provide an industry strength specification,
reference implementation of the SDK, and a compatibility test suite.
About Zero G
Founded in 1996, Zero G is the leading developer of multi-platform
software deployment and updating solutions for use by enterprise and
commercial software developers and information system professionals.
InstallAnywhere, the company's award-winning flagship product, has become the
de facto standard for multi-platform deployment and installation, creating
professional installers for virtually any operating system. Some of the
company's customers include Adobe, AT&T, FedEx, IBM, Intel, Novell, and
Sun Microsystems. Privately held, Zero G is headquartered in San Francisco,
California, and can contacted at 415-512-7771 or found on the Internet at
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