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CNET News.com: Could Sueltz bring end to Sun, HP Java fight?

Sep 29, 1999, 16:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The appointment of Pat Sueltz, who formerly led IBM's Java efforts, could well signal the first step by Sun toward a more accommodating approach to companies like HP over Java-licensing conflicts. Sun announced yesterday that Sueltz will take over the company's Java and Solaris software operations, a post left vacant since Alan Baratz's departure nearly two months ago."

"Both Sun's Java software and HP's clone, called Chai, let programmers write software, such as a Web browser, that runs on many different devices, such as pagers, printers, and handheld computers. Both companies are trying to win recognition in a nascent market that some analysts expect to explode as more and more devices get plugged into the Internet."

"One area where the companies compete most vigorously is for real-time devices that must be able to respond immediately to commands--factory floor robots equipped with a stop button, for example. Yesterday, Sun announced a preliminary version of a standard for using Java in those real-time products, and HP and its partners, a group called the J Consortium, announced public review of its similar standard."

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