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TechWeb: IBM Stirs Up Java Issue With Sun

Apr 14, 2000, 14:55 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Montalbano)

"Sun abandoned efforts to get Java standardized by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in December. Since then IBM, both a competitor and partner of Sun's, has been trying to rally opposition to Sun's control of Java."

""[Sun] still wants to control the Java brand at all costs [because] they value the Java brand over the industry's technology," said Simon Phipps, chief e-business visionary at Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM. "At this point, they're burning trust -- they have to admit that it's proprietary or make it a standard.""

"If Sun will not give up its hold on Java, the industry will likely move forward with a replacement technology that supports open standards because the future of the e-marketplace will not grow in value without such standards, Phipps said."

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