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SRO: Just How Far Will They Go? Partners, open-source movement push Sun Microsystems on Java

Feb 07, 2000, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"Sun Microsystems has begun the arduous task of opening access to Java, and Sun's partners say it can't happen fast enough."

"Sun VP George Paolini confirms that the company met with key partners this month--including Apple Computer, IBM, Novell and Oracle--and is in discussions with a number of others. He declined to talk about Sun's plans in detail, but says his first priority is to fix the Java Community Process so partners feel it is "truly equitable" without compromising speed...."

"A lot of people care about Java, and we can't be a specialized club," says Novell Internet evangelist Steve Holbrook. "It's like the founding fathers, where someone lays down the early ideas and then their principles live down into the future." Plus, the Java compatibility tests must be free and accessible to everyone, says IBM Java software director Sandy Rankin."

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