Patent Number: 6,167,568

Title: Method and apparatus for implementing electronic software distribution

Abstract: An embodiment consistent with the present invention includes a method and apparatus for performing software distribution of a software product electronically. Readiness criteria information associated with the software product is received via software in a data processing system. The readiness criteria information is posted in a central location. A private environment is then provided within the data processing system for accommodating an online site. The online site, which contains links to the software product in accordance with the readiness criteria information, is installed into the private environment. The online site is tested in the private environment in accordance with the UAT criteria information. When the online site meets the readiness and UAT criteria, a public environment is provided with access to the online site.

Inventors: Gandel; Deborah E. (San Carlos, CA), Dickinson; Katherine V. G. (Palo Alto, CA), Miller; Christine A. (Scotts Valley, CA), Gilliland; Daniel P. (San Ramon, CA), Ocegueda; Jasmine (San Jose, CA), Hastings; Jay D. (San Jose, CA), Ellison; Karin (Seal Rock, OR), Pavela; Shelley F. (Foster City, CA), Poje; Kenneth J. (San Jose, CA), Linnert; Gary E. (Redwood City, CA), Barker; John L. (Palo Alto, CA)

Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

International Classification: G06Q 30/00 (20060101); G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 009/445 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017