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ComputerWorld: Sun walks tightrope with licensees over Java control

Mar 04, 2000, 15:32 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai, Laura Rohde)

"Sun wants to retain sufficient control over Java to ensure compatibility across all vendors' products, and to allow it to shape the technology in accordance with its vision, said Mark Driver, an analyst at Gartner Group Inc. in Stamford, Conn. A few of Sun's Java licensees, most notably IBM, are demanding a more democratic process to ensure that Sun can't add features to Java in the future that best suit its own products and strategy."

" 'Sun has taken the benevolent dictator approach, where you have to believe Sun won't proprietize Java in the future. (IBM) wants to see a formal process that gives them legal recourse to prevent Sun from doing that,' Driver said."

"JCP 2.0 is Sun's attempt to resolve that conflict, Sun officials said."

" 'What we've been doing with JCP 2.0 is trying to (strike) a balance — to ensure that compatibility is maintained, that the technology evolves quickly, and that the process is as open as possible,' the Sun spokeswoman said.

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