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internetnews.com: Java Communities, Contributions Colliding

Jun 29, 2004, 22:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Singer)

"The game of one-upmanship in the Java community continued this week as Sun Microsystems defended its stewardship over its vested interests in Java.

"The network computer maker has spent the last year making Java more visible and more usable. But critics are dissatisfied with Sun's controversial views on monetizing the programming language and related software platforms. The company has also come under fire (mostly from its rivals) for its stance on open sourcing its software, as well as its performance as hall-room monitor for the various Java-related standards groups like the Java Tools Community (JTC) and the Java Community Process. 'An open-source JRE would be a great thing for the community, and avoid problems for Sun later on,' Eric S. Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, recently told internetnews.com. 'If they don't open-source now, someone in the Java Community Process (the most likely candidate being IBM) is going to issue a certified, Java-branded open source implementation and rip control out of Sun's hands, doing them far more damage than if Sun controls the transition and keeps the Java brand intact...'"

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